Lindsey Polley

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


Certificate in counter terrorism theory, University of Leiden; M.P.A. in public administration, California State University, San Bernardino; B.A. in Chicana/Chicano studies, University of California at Davis


Lindsey Polley is an assistant policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research interests include cyber policy, cyber/AI in gaming, blockchain, crypto currencies, CVE/CT, risk analysis, dark web, security cooperation, defense posture, transnational political behavior, arms dealing and the black market, (inter)national security, counter terrorism/counter insurgency, military science and warfare, peacekeeping and stability, international diplomacy and international affairs, and the humanitarian ramifications of policy decisions. 

Polley served as a co-lead on the research team for Executive Order 13800, developing and co-leading multiple workshops for top-ranking individuals in the field of cyber security (in both industry and government), and served as one of the co-authors of the final report to the Executive Office of the President. Prior to joining RAND, she was a senior assistant editor at the Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, for which she continues to work as a manuscript reviewer.  She has a background in cultural studies, an M.P.A. focusing on Emergency Management, and a certificate in terrorism and counterterrorism studies from the University of Leiden.

Honors & Awards

  • Spotlight Award, Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society, CSUSB
  • Public Administration Department Chair Awardee, CSUSB