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 a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. 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.

Selected Publications

Daniel R. Gonzales, Sarah Harting, Mary Kate Adgie, Julia Brackup, Lindsey Polley, Karlyn D. Stanley, Unclassified and Secure: A Defense Industrial Base Cyber Protection Program for Unclassified Defense Networks, RAND Corporation (RR-4227-RC), 2020

Sean Robson, Bonnie Triezenberg, Samantha E. DiNicola, Lindsey Polley, John S. Davis, Maria C. Lytell, Software Acquisition Workforce Initiative for the Department of Defense, RAND Corporation (RR-3145-OSD), 2020

Eric V. Larson, Bryan Boling, Derek Eaton, Suzanne Genc, David Kravitz, Kristin Leuschner, Andrew Lewis, Jason Liggett, Lindsey Polley, U.S. Army North in the Hurricane Maria Response, RAND Corporation (RR-2967-A), 2020

Honors & Awards

  • Student Scholarship Award, Black Hat
  • Sidney Stern Memorial Trust Award, Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • Spotlight Awards, Pardee RAND Graduate School