Jackie Lacroix is a data analyst working on the Lab’s hate speech prevention program. PeaceTech Lab works to reduce violent conflict using technology, media, and data to accelerate and scale peacebuilding efforts. Headquartered at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), the Lab carries out its mission in close collaboration with public and private sector partners.
Prior to joining PeaceTech Lab, Jackie worked for several years in the private sector in the risk analytics and travel security field. This experience provided her with insights on OSINT data collection and operational risk assessment in fragile states that has been valuable in working on the Lab's data programs. Her passion for peacebuilding led Jackie back into the peace and conflict field.
Jackie achieved an MA in International Conflict Studies with distinction at King's College London where she focused her research on civil conflict, insurgency, and the politics of identity. Her thesis explored the influence of identity on paramilitaries in the Northern Ireland conflict and included multiple research trips to Belfast and Derry/Londonderry. Prior to this, she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in International Studies with a focus on peace and conflict resolution from American University.