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Doctoral Student in International Relations, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Laura Jones is an Air Force special operations pilot currently serving as a PhD student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Prior to beginning the PhD program, Laura served as a CV-22B Osprey instructor pilot and a first assignment instructor pilot in the T-6A Texan II. She has led a RAND Corporation research team, provided translation support to the Office of Defense Cooperation at the U.S Embassy in Paris, France, and deployed to East Africa as a liaison officer to the French Air Force. In addition to military duties, she is a member of the Irregular Warfare Initiative and sits on the board of directors where she oversees production of the Irregular Warfare Podcast. Laura is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy (2011) where she received a B.S. in Regional Area Studies and a French minor and holds an M.A. in Military History from American Military University. She is a non-resident Fellow at the Joint Special Operations University, a National Defense University, Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction Fellow, and a 2021 Pat Tillman Foundation Scholar.


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    Doctoral Student in International Relations, Tufts University