Jim Mignano

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


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.

Recent Projects

  • Central Bank Digital Currencies and U.S. Strategic Competition with China
  • Disruptive Money: Exploring the Future of Corporate Cryptocurrency
  • Cyber Workforce Educational Requirements

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