Benjamin Boudreaux

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Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in philosophy, University of California at Berkeley; M.S. in foreign service, Georgetown University; B.A. in economics and philosophy, New York University


Ben Boudreaux is a professor at Pardee RAND Graduate School and a policy researcher at RAND working in the intersection of ethics, emerging technology, and national security. His current research focuses on ethical issues in artificial intelligence (including military AI, algorithmic fairness, and facial recogntion), policy issues surrounding social media, and cyber incident response.  He teaches the core ethics course at the graduate school.

Prior to joining RAND, Boudreaux was a foreign affairs officer in the State Department's Cyber Policy office, where he led State's cyber operations portfolio and worked to promote international cybersecurity and stability in cyberspace. He also has research interests and experience in conflict prevention, Middle Eastern and South Asian regional issues, and migration.

Boudreaux holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley where he focused on ethical theory and political philosophy, a M.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in economics and philosophy from NYU.

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses


  • Artificial eye looking through greenery

    Does the U.S. Face an AI Ethics Gap?

    Instead of worrying about an artificial intelligence “ethics gap,” U.S. policymakers and the military community could embrace a leadership role in AI ethics. This may help ensure that the AI arms race doesn't become a race to the bottom.

    Jan 11, 2019 RealClearDefense

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    When Cyber Attacks Occur, Who Should Investigate?

    Data breaches and cyberattacks cross geopolitical boundaries, targeting individuals, corporations and governments. Creating a global body with a narrow focus on investigating and assigning responsibility for cyberattacks could be the first step to creating a digital world with accountability.

    Dec 6, 2018 United Press International