Lindsey Polley

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


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 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.

Prior to joining RAND, Polley 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. from California State University, San Bernardino, and a certificate in terrorism and counterterrorism studies from the University of Leiden.

Honors & Awards

  • Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society, CSUSB
  • Public Administration Department Chair Awardee, CSUSB
  • Comprehensive Masters Exam "High Pass" Award, CSUSB