Dr. Jesse Sowell is an assistant professor in the Department of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. He holds a PhD in technology, management, and policy from the Engineering Systems Division at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Additionally, he holds a master’s degree in technology and policy from MIT, masters’ degrees in criminal justice and computer science from Michigan State University, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Clemson University.
Dr. Sowell focuses on understanding the transnational, non-state institutions and governance mechanisms shaping the management of resources critical to Internet operations vis a vis conventional domestic and interstate governance mechanisms. This includes studies on infrastructure resource policy, cybersecurity, and operational epistemic communities’ role in informing public policy. His research and teaching interests include commons-based rights, resource management, and theory; private regimes and regulation; security indicators and metrics; and the use of mixed methods for security metric development.
In terms of industry engagement, Dr. Sowell is a Senior Advisor at the Messaging, Malware, and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG), directing M3AAWG’s outreach efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia Pacific, and Africa. He is also the co-chair of the Internet of Things (IoT) Special Interest Group. Dr. Sowell advises the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) on issues related to the impact of the EU’s General Data Protection Directive (GDPR) on cybersecurity operations, recently coordinating the "Symposium on Policy Impediments to eCrime Data Exchange" for APWG.EU.
Before arriving at the Bush School, Dr. Sowell was a Cybersecurity Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. He also worked as a research assistant in the Advanced Network Architecture group in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT.