Curriculum Vitae

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science & International Affairs

Jackson Tilley is a third-year PhD student in Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. Specializing in International Relations, Jackson focuses his research on the politics of outer space including civil space agencies, private space companies, and conflict in the space domain.


B.A., Political Science, Louisiana State University, 2020 (Magna Cum Laude)

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Raised in Central Louisiana, Jackson had an interest in politics from an early age. During his time at Louisiana State University, he concentrated his studies on international politics and law. In addition to his studies, Jackson worked as a research assistant to various faculty members and graduate students within the Department of Political Science. His work helped lead to the development of new tools in the understanding of cyber-attacks and limited probe theory in the realm of international relations. During the latter years of his college career, Jackson developed a deep passion for the study of outer space, particularly the political circumstances surrounding space exploration and militarization. In graduate school, Jackson has worked as a research assistant for various professors, assisted in teaching classes on American Government, and interned at a major federal agency in Washinton D.C. Outside of class, Jackson is often hiking, reading a good book, sipping coffee at local café, or playing guitar.
Areas of Expertise

Civil Space Agencies, Private Space Companies, Satellite Systems, Smallsats, ASAT Systems, Space Debris

Course Instruction

Teaching Assistant for POLS 1101 American Government

Research Interests

Space lies at the forefront of Jackson’s research as he analyzes the potential of this new frontier not only as a war-fighting domain but also as a potential avenue for cooperation among world powers. With China’s rapidly growing space program and the introduction of private space companies, a new space race has spawned, one that will help determine the global hierarchy of the 21st century. Current research on the topic will lay the groundwork for future academics and guide future policymakers’ decisions. Due to the nature of the subject, Jackson also has a deep interest in political economy, security and intelligence studies, and science and technology.