Brian A. Jackson

Brian A. Jackson
Senior Physical Scientist; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


Ph.D. in bioinorganic chemistry, California Institute of Technology; M.A. in science, technology, and public policy, The George Washington University; B.S. in chemistry, Haverford College

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Brian A. Jackson is a senior physical scientist at RAND and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research focuses on homeland security, criminal justice, and emergency preparedness. His areas of research have included the evaluation of technology and policy in criminal justice, measurement of emergency preparedness, and design of policy and preparedness games and table-top exercises. Jackson's terrorism-focused research has examined organizational learning by terrorist groups, terrorist groups' use of technology, combatting violent extremism/terrorism prevention, development of assessment methods for novel terrorist threats, and strategies to respond to terrorist targeting of national economies.

Jackson's recent key publications include articles in American Journal of Criminal Justice, the Journal of Air Transport Management, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, and Terrorism and Political Violence, as well as many RAND reports.

Jackson received his Ph.D. in bioinorganic chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and his M.A. in science, technology, and public policy from The George Washington University.

Selected Publications

Moore, Pauline, Jennifer T. Leschitz, Brian A. Jackson, Catherine H. Augustine, Andrea Phillips, and Elizabeth D. Steiner, Supporting Threat Reporting to Strengthen School Safety: Findings from the Literature and Interviews with Stakeholders Across the K–12 School Community, RAND Corporation (RR-A1077-3), 2022

Jackson, Brian A., Michael J. D. Vermeer, Dulani Woods, Duren Banks, Sean E. Goodison, Joe Russo, Jeremy D. Barnum, Camille Gourdet, Lynn Langton, Michael G. Planty, Shoshana R. Shelton, Siara I. Sitar, and Amanda R. Witwer, The U.S. Criminal Justice System in the Pandemic Era and Beyond: Taking Stock of Efforts to Maintain Safety and Justice Through the COVID-19 Pandemic and Prepare for Future Challenges, RAND Corporation (RR-A108-8), 2021

Peterson, Samuel, Brian A. Jackson, Dulani Woods, and Elina Treyger, Finding a Broadly Practical Approach for Regulating the Use of Facial Recognition by Law Enforcement, RAND Corporation (RR-A2249-1), 2023

Jackson, Brian A., Ashley L. Rhoades, Jordan R. Reimer, Natasha Lander, Katherine Costello, and Sina Beaghley, Practical Terrorism Prevention: Reexamining U.S. National Approaches to Addressing the Threat of Ideologically Motivated Violence, RAND Corporation (RR-2647), 2019

Jackson, Brian A., Melissa Kay Diliberti, Pauline Moore, and Heather L. Schwartz, Teachers' Views on School Safety: Consensus on Many Security Measures, But Stark Division About Arming Teachers, RAND Corporation (RR-A2641-1), 2023

Brian A Jackson, David R Frelinger, Jennifer Kavanagh, and Brett A Wallace, "Adaptation by intelligent adversaries to defensive measures: Framing adaptation options and demonstrating assessment of attacker preferences using proxy intelligence data," Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation: Applications, Methodology, Technology, 2018

Jackson, Brian A., Respect and Legitimacy — A Two-Way Street: Strengthening Trust Between Police and the Public in an Era of Increasing Transparency, RAND Corporation (PE-154), 2015

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Associated Press; The Atlantic; Marketplace Radio; PBS NewsHour Online; Toronto Star; United Press International; WUSA-DC (CBS)

Commentary: Newsweek; U.S. News & World Report