Zhanna Malekos Smith

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Strategic Technologies Program
Associated Programs: Strategic Technologies Program

Jessica “Zhanna” Malekos Smith, J.D., is a senior associate with the Strategic Technologies Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and a professor of cyber warfare studies with the Air War College. A former captain in the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps, she has held fellowships with the Madeleine K. Albright Institute for Global Affairs, the Belfer Center’s Cyber Security Project at the Harvard Kennedy School, Duke University Law School as the Reuben Everett Cyber Scholar, and Stanford University’s U.S.-Russia Forum. Malekos Smith has presented her research at DEF CON, RSA Conference, and ShmooCon and has published op-eds in Lawfare, The Hill, and Defense One, among others. She writes in the areas of science and technology, international law, international security and defense, and cybersecurity. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College, M.A. and A.K.C. from King’s College London, Department of War Studies, and J.D. from the University of California, Davis, where she pursued a self-concentration in cyberlaw.