Jason Blessing

Political Science / Ph.D. Candidate


International Relations, Public Administration and Policy


Cybersecurity; International Security; Foreign and Defense Policy; Terrorism and Insurgency; Political Methodology



M.A. in Political Science, Virginia Tech (2013)

B.A. in Government, College of William and Mary (2011)

Jason’s research focuses on the intersection of cyberspace and international security.  His dissertation seeks to explain the variation in levels of militarization in cyberspace among states and why states create different military roles in national cyber-defenses.  Jason is also a Junior Scholar in the Carnegie International Policy Scholars Consortium and Network (IPSCON) hosted by the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.  Prior to enrolling at Syracuse University, Jason mitigated corporate risks and losses in the financial services industry:  as a fraud prevention analyst, he identified and resolved cases of financial fraud based on technical compromise data and client behavioral patterns.  For more information, see his professional webpage.