Jessica L. Beyer

Lecturer, Co-Lead Cybersecurity Initiative
Jessica Beyer


Jessica Beyer is a Lecturer in the Henry M. Jackson School for International Studies and the co-Lead for the Jackson School’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Her current research focuses on cybersecurity issues, particularly non-state actors and international security. Her past research explored political mobilization emerging from highly populated online communities and focused on actors such as Anonymous and other hacktivists, the Pirate Parties, and digital pirates. In 2012, she won the Association of Internet Researcher’s Dissertation Award. Her book, Expect Us: Online Communities and Political Mobilization, was published by Oxford University Press in 2014.


  • University of Washington, Ph.D. Political Science, 2011
  • University of Washington, M.A. Political Science, 2005
  • University of Bath, U.K., M.A. International Studies, Trans-Atlantic Master’s Program, 2000
  • University of Washington, B.A. International Studies, Jackson School of International Studies, 1999

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