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 national security, technology, and ethics. His current research focuses on ethical issues in artificial intelligence (including autonomous weapons and algorithmic fairness), conflict prevention in cyberspace, and cyber incident response. 

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 led efforts to assist international partners in developing cybersecurity strategy and policy. He also has research interests and experience in Middle Eastern and South Asian issues, counterterrorism, and migration.

Boudreaux holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley where he focused on ethical theory, 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