Elizabeth Bodine-Baron

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Associate Director, Force Modernization and Employment Program, RAND Project Air Force; Senior Information Scientist
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Ph.D., M.S. in electrical engineering, California Institute of Technology; B.S. in electrical engineering, University of Texas at Austin; B.A. in liberal arts, University of Texas at Austin

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Elizabeth Bodine-Baron is associate director of the Force Modernization and Employment Program in RAND Project Air Force (PAF) and a senior information scientist at the RAND Corporation specializing in complex networks and systems. Her research interests include network analysis and modeling for both domestic and national security issues. Her recent work includes analysis of cyber and information operations, intelligence and targeting tools and processes, and the cybersecurity of logistics and weapon systems. She has used network analysis of social media data to study Russian propaganda, violent extremist messaging, ISIS support and opposition networks, and information operations. Bodine-Baron received a Ph.D. and M.S. in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in electrical engineering and a B.A. in liberal arts (Plan II Honors) from the University of Texas at Austin.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations

Recent Projects

  • Wing-Level Mission Assurance for a Cyber-Contested Environment
  • Countering Violent Extremism in Indonesia: Using an Online Panel Survey to Assess a Social Media Counter-Messaging Campaign
  • Countering Russian Social Media Influence
  • Russian Social Media Influence
  • Examining ISIS Supporters and Opponents on Twitter

Honors & Awards

  • Silver Medal/Innovation Award, RAND
  • PAF Team Innovation Award, RAND


  • Silhouette of several militants with rifles, photo by zabelin/Getty Images

    Are Counter Violent Extremism Interventions Effective?

    Government efforts to counter the propaganda and radicalization that lead to violent extremism are becoming more common around the world, but there's little research on whether such programs work. It is critical to conduct more research to tease out which programs are most effective.

    Sep 11, 2020 The RAND Blog

  • Panelists at the Roberta Wohlstetter Forum on National Security in Arlington, Virginia, October 24, 2018, photo by Grace Evans and Khorshied Samad/RAND Corporation

    Stop Calling Us 'Women Experts'

    To get to a place where a woman's expertise is valued as implicitly as a man's, women must be freed of the baggage of being “women scholars” and “women policymakers.” Instead, women must be given that most significant form of respect: Just call us experts.

    Oct 11, 2019 The RAND Blog

  • A 3D printed logo of Twitter and an Islamic State flag

    Fighting the Islamic State on Social Media

    Countering ISIL in the real world also requires countering its messaging online. It is critical that the U.S. and its international partners work with influential communities in the region that can more effectively and credibly counter the ISIL narrative.

    Oct 11, 2016 Pacific Council on International Policy