Kerr, Jaclyn

Senior Research Fellow, Center for Strategic Research

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Areas of Expertise: Defense and Technology Futures, Digital and Emerging Technologies

Dr. Jaclyn A. Kerr is a Senior Research Fellow for Defense and Technology Futures at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at National Defense University (NDU).  Her research focuses on digital and emerging technologies and their current and future impacts on international politics, national security, and democracy.  In 2019-2020 Dr. Kerr served as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary (STAS), where she advised on digital technology policy, particularly as it pertains to human rights, democracy, and national security.  From 2016 to 2019, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where she led work on cybersecurity, cyber domain strategy, and information conflict.  Dr. Kerr was previously a cybersecurity fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation, a visiting scholar at Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and has held research fellowships in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Qatar.  She also has prior professional experience as a software engineer with Comcast and Symantec.  Dr. Kerr holds a PhD and MA in Government from Georgetown University, and an MA in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and BAS in Mathematics and Slavic Languages and Literatures from Stanford University.  Dr. Kerr is also a Non-Resident Fellow with the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings Institution and an Affiliate with the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.