Benjamin Boudreaux

Benjamin Boudreaux
Policy Researcher; Professor of Policy Analysis, 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


Benjamin Boudreaux (he/him) is a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and a policy researcher at RAND working in the intersection of ethics, emerging technology, and human security. His current research focuses on the ethics of artificial intelligence technologies, including issues related to equity, surveillance, and military applications of AI. He teaches Ethics in Theory, Policy, and Practice at Pardee RAND.

Prior to joining RAND, Boudreaux was a diplomat in the State Department's Cyber Policy office, where he worked to promote security, stability, and human rights in cyberspace, and led State's cyber operations portfolio. Boudreaux also taught philosophical ethics and government to persons incarcerated at San Quentin state prison.

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

Previous Positions

Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State; Instructor, Prison University Project, San Quentin State Prison




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