Erin-Elizabeth Johnson

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Communications Analyst
Washington Office


B.A. in comparative literature, Yale University; M.A. in security studies, Georgetown University


Erin Johnson is a communications analyst at the RAND Corporation. She has more than 11 years of communications experience in a variety of fields, including defense and military affairs, international development and security, and education. She began working at RAND in 2007 as a research editor and was soon coauthoring publications and collaborating with researchers to devise communications strategies, unify content, and create compelling messages. Now, as a communications analyst, she develops print, online, and multimedia outreach materials to promote research findings to a broad audience and to increase understanding of RAND's mission.

Before joining RAND, Johnson was an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, where she led business development for a foreign affairs department and managed projects funded by the Navy. As a consultant, she worked closely with the Marine Corps to develop the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate's first investment plan and with the Navy to define the Sea Shaping (i.e., foreign-influence) pillar.

Johnson graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in comparative literature and from Georgetown with an M.A. in security studies. Her master's thesis was on Chechen small arms and light weapons. In 2013, she completed a professional certificate program in graphic design.

Selected Publications

Isaac R. Porche III, Bradley Wilson, Erin-Elizabeth Johnson, Shane Tierney, Evan Saltzman, Data Flood: Helping the Navy Address the Rising Tide of Sensor Information, RAND Corporation (RR-315), 2014

Isaac R. Porche III, Bradley Wilson, Erin-Elizabeth Johnson, "How Do We Deal with a Flood of Data?" Future Force, 1(2), 2014

Lindsay Daugherty, Rafiq Dossani, Erin-Elizabeth Johnson, Mustafa Oguz, Using Early Childhood Education to Bridge the Digital Divide, RAND Corporation (PE-119), 2014


  • Line handlers await the arrival of the Virginia class attack submarine USS Hartford

    How Do We Deal with a Flood of Data?

    Despite the value of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems, the amount of data they generate has become overwhelming. If the Navy does not change the way it processes information, it will reach an ISR “tipping point”—as soon as 2016.

    Jun 23, 2014 | Future Force


  • intelligence specialist monitors automatic identification systems aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush


    Data Flood: Helping the Navy Address the Rising Tide of Sensor Information

    The authors explore options for solving the Navy's big data challenge, considering changes across four dimensions: people, tools and technology, data and data architectures, and demand and demand management.

    May 1, 2014

  • preschool teacher with students around a laptop


    Using Early Childhood Education to Bridge the Digital Divide

    Many low-income children lack the same access to technology as their more-advantaged peers. This Perspective explores the role of early childhood education in ensuring that low-income children can access technology and learn how to use it.

    Mar 3, 2014

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    RAND Review: Vol. 36, No. 3, Winter 2012-2013

    Stories discuss the promotion of tolerance and critical thinking in the Arab world through children's media, the challenges faced by the United States in an era of fiscal austerity, and promising models for measuring teacher performance.

    Feb 5, 2013

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    RAND Review: Vol. 36, No. 2, Fall 2012

    The cover story focuses on nine key issues in the 2012 U.S. presidential election: income inequality, health care costs, immigration reform, energy options, education, al Qaeda, Iraq, democratization in the Middle East, and China.

    Sep 21, 2012