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Maj. Jessica Dawson, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Army Cyber Institute

Ph.D. Sociology, Duke University

Major Jessica Dawson enlisted in the Army as a Private E2 in 1995 and attained the rank of Sergeant First Class before commissioning in 2007. Upon earning her commission, Major Dawson was assigned to the 3rd (Greywolf) Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, where she served as the brigade S6, platoon leader for a Joint Network Node Platoon, and executive officer for the Brigade Signal Support Company. She served as the commander of Charlie Company 57th Expeditionary Battalion and the commander of HHC 62d Expeditionary Signal Battalion before being selected to teach at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Major Dawson currently serves as an Academy Professor in Army Cyber Institute.

Major Dawson’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (2OCL), the Army Commendation Medal (5OCL), the Army Achievement Medal (7OCL), the Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), the National Defense Service Medal (2), the Overseas Service Ribbon (3), the NCO Professional Development ribbon (2), the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Meritorious Unit Citation. She has also been inducted into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

Research interests
  • Morality, Status, Culture and Resonance, Influence on Social Networks, Moral Change