Overview of RAND Staff

"RAND is a creative organization that thrives on new ideas and spirited debate. Homogeneity along any dimension works against these objectives."

Excerpt from a memo to all RAND staff from
Michael D. Rich, RAND President

Approximately 1,700 people from more than 50 countries work at RAND, representing diversity in work experience; academic training; political and ideological outlook; and race, gender, and ethnicity. This diversity reinforces RAND's core values of quality and objectivity by promoting creativity, deepening understanding of the practical effects of policy, and ensuring multiple viewpoints and perspectives.

Research Staff Doctorates by Discipline

DisciplinePercentage of Total
Arts & letters3%
Behavioral sciences9%
Business & law5%
Computer sciences5%
Economics12%
Engineering8%
International relations9%
Life sciences9%
Math, operations research, statistics6%
Physical sciences5%
Policy analysis10%
Political sciences7%
Social sciences11%
Other1%

To provide the comprehensive expertise needed to fully address public policy issues, RAND hires staff from a variety of disciplines. Eighty-eight percent of the research staff holds advanced degrees, with 60 percent having earned Ph.D.s or M.D.s.

RAND's unique intellectual environment nurtures objective analysis and innovative solutions to policy and decisionmaking issues, which span a broad range of substantive areas. This environment may uniquely suit your own professional goals and aspirations. For more information on joining RAND, please visit Employment Opportunities.

Locating RAND Staff

Please visit our Contacts page for an overview of RAND's units and programs, which lists key staff and administrative contacts, and to find the telephone number and email address of a RAND staff member.

RAND Alumni

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