Jennifer Brookes

Physical Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in physical chemistry, University of Washington; B.S. in chemistry & biology, University of Portland


Jennifer Brookes (she/her) is a physical scientist at RAND. An ultrafast spectroscopist by training, Brookes has a background in laser physics, biophysics, and chemistry. At RAND, her work has focused on a range of national security issues related to missile defense, nuclear command and control, emerging technology, and wargaming. Brookes in particularly interested in and the national security and societal impacts of technology policy.

Prior to joining RAND, Brookes was a policy fellow in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment through the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Brookes previously served as a congressional science fellow in the House of Representatives where her portfolio covered energy and environmental issues. 

Brookes received a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Washington and a B.S. in chemistry and biology from the University of Portland.