2012 Guest Scholar

Ph.D. Student
Annenberg School for Communication
University of Southern California


Jaclyn Selby is a Ph.D. student/Annenberg Fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, where she is advised by Dr. Jonathan Aronson. She conducts her research at the intersection of global technology policy, media economics and management strategy. How can understanding the industrial organization of media industries lead to policies that better promote competition and a sustainable innovation culture? Jaclyn has held research positions at the Center for Communication Leadership and Policy (CCLP), the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), and the Annenberg Networks Network (ANN). Her current research particularly addresses questions of global Internet governance and the critical role of Internet intermediary platforms.

Prior to “Ph.D. life,” Jaclyn was a Senior Researcher at the Imaging Science and Information Systems (ISIS) Center, a global leader in disease and disaster intelligence. At ISIS, she served as team lead on three federally funded operational research projects and led research initiatives on global biosurveillance markets, telecommunications and disease transmigration and open-source intelligence. During this period she also consulted periodically for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and a National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) contractor, as well as participating by invitation in the University of Iowa’s avian influenza prediction market.

Outside of the office Jaclyn enjoyed directing the UNA-NCA Mentoring Initiatives Program on a voluntary basis for 3 years and contributing to Foreign Policy Digest, where she wrote about regional and bilateral trade policy, disease and disaster monitoring and South East Asian sectarian conflict.

Jaclyn holds a B.A. (Economics; Media Studies) from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. with distinction (Communications, Culture & Technology) from Georgetown University, with certification in Business Diplomacy from the Walsh School of Foreign Service. Her M.A. thesis examined the MPAA’s efforts to shape the US Government’s bilateral trade agenda in response to shifting media industry cost structures.

Before moving to the United States in 1998, Jaclyn grew up in Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore.