Elizabeth M. Bartels

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Codirector, RAND Center for Gaming; Policy Researcher; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.S. in political science, MIT; B.A. in political science, University of Chicago


Elizabeth (Ellie) M. Bartels (she/her) is the codirector of the RAND Center for Gaming and a policy researcher, as well as a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She is a specialist in national security policy analysis gaming, and her work explores a wide range of strategic and operational concerns. Other research includes work on defense planning, force development, and long-term competition. Prior to joining RAND, Bartels was a senior associate at Caerus Associates and a research analyst at the National Defense University's gaming center. Her Ph.D. is from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, where her work focused on how to apply social scientific practices to the design of games for policy analysis. She also has a M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. from the University of Chicago in political science.