Therese Marie Jones

Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


M.S. in astrophysics, University of California - Berkeley; B.S. in astronomy and astrophysics, The Pennsylvania State University; B.S. in physics, The Pennsylvania State University; B.S. in international studies, The Pennsylvania State University; B.A. in German, The Pennsylvania State University


Therese Jones is an assistant policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her dissertation focuses on the regulation of commercial human spaceflight, and how the organizational culture and aerospace regulatory histories of the FAA and NASA impact their ability to regulate spaceflight. She spent fall 2015 at the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs to support this work.

Her other work includes studies of GPS and Satcom vulnerabilities (both space and ground systems), an analysis of the interactions between commercial space companies and the U.S. government, analysis of the viability and trajectory of space startups, and a robust decision making model of land conservation strategies for protecting endangered California animal/plant species based on climate change projections.

Jones holds a master's degree in astrophysics from the University of California at Berkeley, and bachelor's degrees in astronomy and astrophysics, physics, international studies, and German from The Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include space policy, science & technology policy, environmental policy, modeling, and statistical methods.


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