Jacqueline Du Bois is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. She is pursuing research interests in the organizational culture and adaptive capabilities of terrorist organizations with a focus on Islamic State.
Du Bois has come to terrorism and insurgency studies by a circuitous route. She received her M.S. in mechanical engineering and thermal sciences from the University of California at Berkeley, but a M.A. in economic policy analysis from University of Maryland Baltimore County helped her to see the merit in applying analytical techniques to the study of socio-cultural conflicts exacerbated by environmental and political shocks.
She has had careers in engineering, technology transfer, and statistical programming. Likewise, she has worked at organizations as diverse as the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), the International Food Policy Research Institute, and WESTAT. In this final revisioning of herself, she looks forward to leveraging her skill set to contribute to research in the national security arena.
Du Bois maintains interests in research that allows her to look at energy production through the lens of the economics of climate change mitigation, as well as issues of national competitiveness, political ecology, and the organizational behavior of clandestine and illicit groups.