Marlon Graf

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Assistant Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


M.P.P., University of California, Los Angeles; B.Sc. in business administration, University of Mannheim


Marlon Graf is an assistant policy analyst at RAND and a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He holds a Master's in Public Policy (MPP) from the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed his business undergraduate studies in Germany and France. Aside from his education, Graf has worked at the Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Economic and Business Policy, as well as in John Deere's marketing and sales branch in France. Previously, Graf lobbied on behalf of the German engineering industry in Brussels and served as a trainee in the staff of the Majority Leader in the European Parliament, advising mainly on transatlantic relations and the Euro-Crisis.

At RAND, Graf has worked on a number of projects for the European Commission, such as Global Trends 2030 (ESPAS) as well as an evaluation platform for evidence-based family practices (EPIC) and has conducted a systematic review of gender integration policies in international militaries for the U.S. Special Operations Command. Currently, he is involved in the development of an alcohol abuse microsimulation platform as part of a joint team between RAND, the OECD and the WHO and is working on his dissertation on the entrepreneurial impact of universities.

Selected Publications

Hoorens, Stijn.; Ghez, Jeremy.; Guerin, Benoit.; Schweppenstedde, Daniel.; Hellgren, Tess.; Horvath, Veronika.; Graf, Marlon.; Janta, Barbara.; Drabble, Samuel.; Kobzar, Svitlana., Europe's societal challenges: an analysis of global societal trends to 2030 and their impact on the EU, RAND Europe (RR-479-EC), 2013

Honors & Awards

  • 2012 RAND-UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Ph.D. Fellowship


  • Protests in Malaga, Spain against the government's spending cuts and failure to revive the moribund economy

    The European Democracy Paradox

    While social media and other tools have enhanced opportunities to participate in the political process, these new drivers do not seem to translate easily into offline political participation.

    May 21, 2014 | The RAND Blog