Marjory S. Blumenthal

Marjory S. Blumenthal
Adjunct Policy Researcher


M.P.P., Harvard University; A.B. in population studies, Brown University

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Marjory Blumenthal (she/her) is an adjunct policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. She joined RAND as director of the experimental Science, Technology, and Policy program in spring 2016, with a broad remit including science and technology trends, societal impacts, and policy. Her work at RAND has addressed such topics as automated vehicles, measuring the impact of research, technology governance, regulatory policy, technological surprise and national/homeland security, citizen science, and trends and impacts of emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, 5G, quantum, and more.

As founding executive director of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) at the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, she addressed the full range of information technologies and their impacts and is recognized for her work on the evolution of the Internet and cybersecurity. In 2003, she took a leadership position at Georgetown University, developing academic strategy, promoting innovation, and fostering research; her personal research addressed cybersecurity in the context of the cloud. In 2013–2016, Blumenthal was executive director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, addressing research targeting and support, cybersecurity, big data, and privacy, IT in health, technology and the future of cities, biosecurity, and many other issues.

Blumenthal is principal author and/or coauthor of numerous books and articles and serves on various boards and advisory bodies. She now applies her expertise in a variety of nonprofit, research- and policy-oriented affiliations.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Senior Policy Fellow, American Library Association; Senior Fellow, Future of Privacy Foundation; External Fellow, International Computer Science Institute; Special Government Employee, Institute of Museum and Library Services; Visiting Fellow, Cornell Tech

Selected Publications

Blumenthal, Marjory S., Laura Fraade-Blanar, Ryan Best, and J. Luke Irwin, Safe Enough: Approaches to Assessing Acceptable Safety for Automated Vehicles, RAND Corporation (RR-A569-1), 2020

Fraade-Blanar, Laura, Marjory S. Blumenthal, James M. Anderson, and Nidhi Kalra, Measuring Automated Vehicle Safety: Forging a Framework, RAND Corporation (RR-2662), 2018

Weinbaum, Cortney, Eric Landree, Marjory S. Blumenthal, Tepring Piquado, and Carlos Ignacio Gutierrez Gaviria, Ethics in Scientific Research: An Examination of Ethical Principles and Emerging Topics, RAND Corporation (RR-2912-IARPA), 2019

Popper, Steven W., Marjory S. Blumenthal, Eugeniu Han, Sale Lilly, Lyle J. Morris, Caroline S. Wagner, Christopher A. Eusebi, Brian G. Carlson, and Alice Shih, China's Propensity for Innovation in the 21st Century: Identifying Indicators of Future Outcomes, RAND Corporation (RR-A208-1), 2020

Blumenthal, Marjory S., Jirka Taylor, Erin N. Leidy, Brent Anderson, Diana Gehlhaus, John Bordeaux, and Michael G. Shanley, Research-Portfolio Performance Metrics: Rapid Review, RAND Corporation (RR-2370-OSD), 2019

Chari, Ramya, Marjory S. Blumenthal, and Luke J. Matthews, Community Citizen Science: From Promise to Action, RAND Corporation (RR-2763-RC), 2019

Chari, Ramya, Luke J. Matthews, Marjory S. Blumenthal, Amanda F. Edelman, and Therese Marie Jones, The Promise of Community Citizen Science, RAND Corporation (PE-256), 2017

Blumenthal, Marjory S., Alison K. Hottes, Christy Foran, and Mary Lee, Technological Approaches to Human Performance Enhancement, RAND Corporation (RR-A1482-2), 2021

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: KJZZ-FM Online; Shift; SmartDrivingCar