Jim Mignano

Jim Mignano
Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School


M.Phil. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.S. in political science, Portland State University; B.S. in political science, Portland State University


Jim Mignano is a Ph.D. student in the Technology Applications and Implications stream at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. His research is at the intersection of cyber, finance, and international relations. Jim's dissertation examines how financial innovation can improve the effectiveness of financial sanctions. He also conducts research on foreign investment review regimes, export controls, and the international arms trade. He specializes in social network analysis.

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, he was an information technology consultant at the Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education at Portland State University, where he administered a statewide early-learning workforce development data system. He previously served as executive director of Emma's Garden, a community-based training and advocacy organization.

Selected Publications

Mignano, Jim, Jade Yeung, Fiona Quimbre, Mandlenkosi Dube, Steven W. Popper, and Noreen Clancy, Disruptive Money: Exploring the Future of Corporate Cryptocurrency, RAND Corporation (RR-A2251-1), 2023


  • International Economic Relations

    The Potential of Smart Treaties

    Blockchain technology presents numerous opportunities for the development of trade and commerce. One particularly interesting opportunity is smart contracts, an application that could have broad geopolitical implications if applied to treaties.

    Apr 8, 2024

    The RAND Blog

  • Emerging Technologies

    Corporate Crypto: Worth Taking Seriously?

    As multinational corporations explore corporate crypto, anticipating its future evolution is rife with uncertainty. Nonetheless, given corporate crypto's disruptive potential, it is crucial to consider the policy implications of this emerging technology.

    Feb 16, 2024

    The RAND Blog