Peggy Wilcox

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Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND
Santa Monica Office


M.P.A. in government and public administration, University of Alaska Southeast; B.A. in anthropology, University of Alaska Anchorage


Peggy Wilcox is a Ph.D. student in the Community-Partnered Policy and Action stream at Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. She has an M.P.A. with a local government concentration and a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Alaska. Her research interests are largely focused on Arctic policy and the socioeconomic, infrastructure, and governance adaptations required by human systems to successfully respond to climate change in the North.

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, she worked as a research assistant at the University of Alaska Southeast's Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center examining community resilience and adaptive governance related to COVID-19 in Juneau, Alaska, and urban Arctic community planning and adaption to increased hazards linked to climate change. She has worked extensively with the Alaska State Legislature as a chief of staff and finance aide/analyst for the House and Senate democratic caucus, and later as the director of political operations for the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Alaska affiliate.