Elena Wicker

Elena Wicker
Adjunct Researcher
Off Site Office


M.A. in international relations, Georgetown University; B.A. in Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University; Ph.D. in international relations, Georgetown University


Elena Wicker is an adjunct researcher with the RAND Corporation where she contributes to projects relating to intelligence, security cooperation, homeland security, and defense policy.

Wicker holds a Ph.D. in international relations from Georgetown University and recently completed a 2021-2022 Predoctoral Fellowship at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research explores the creation and use of jargon in the U.S. military and the past, present, and future of doctrine, concepts, and strategy. Her interdisciplinary and multimethod research combines archival research, interviews, and quantitative methods including machine learning and natural language processing.

Prior to her graduate studies, she served as an Intelligence Security Cooperation Officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency. She has completed internships in arms control treaty verification at the U.S. Department of State and worked for refugee aid projects in Jordan and the West Bank while studying advanced Arabic as a Boren Scholar. She also holds an M.A. in Government from Georgetown University and a B.A. (magna cum laude) from Cornell University in Near Eastern Studies.