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Jennifer Kavanagh

Senior Political Scientist & Associate Director, Arroyo Center, RAND Corporation
Jennifer Kavanagh, Ph.D., is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation and associate director of the strategy, doctrine, and resources program in RAND's Arroyo Center. Her research focuses on US political institutions, political communication, and public opinion—and their implications for US foreign and domestic policy. She also studies defense strategy and planning and military force posture. She is a faculty member at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her recent book, co-authored with RAND’s president and CEO Michael Rich, is Truth Decay: An Initial Exploration of the Diminishing Role of Facts and Analysis in American Public Life. It defines “truth decay” as the diminishing reliance on facts and data in US political and civil discourse and describes its causes and consequences.