Yashodhara Rana bio

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Assistant Policy Analyst
Off Site Office


B.A. in government, Dartmouth College; M.Phil, Pardee RAND Graduate School


Yashodhara R.L. Rana is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an Assistant Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation. Prior to her time at RAND, she served as a microfinance volunteer with the Ghana Youth Leadership Alliance and as a research assistant in the Russia-Eurasia program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C. She has a B.A. in political science cum laude and a minor in women and gender studies from Dartmouth College.

At RAND, she has built a diverse work portfolio and she specializes in mixed methods research and evaluation methods. Currently, she is working as an evaluation consultant at the World Bank Group where she is leading a process evaluation of the use of branchless banking methods to make social transfers by the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development in Nepal.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Process Evaluation Consultant, World Bank Group

Honors & Awards

  • Anne and James Rothenberg Dissertation Award, 2013, Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • Rockefeller Prize for Best Thesis in Comparative Politics, 2009, Dartmouth College
  • Davis Scholarship, 2005-2009, Davis Foundation