Elliott Brennan is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Research, Analysis, and Design stream at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. His research interests include domestic and international food security, conflict prevention, and the intersection of development, diplomacy, and defense operations in American foreign policy.
Prior to joining Pardee RAND, he worked as a contract analyst on projects related to the mission of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). His work for USAID focused on agricultural trade and markets in East Africa, as well as the application of digital and remote sensing technologies for farmers across sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Asia. He has three years of experience in the American agriculture sector, working for farm operations in upstate New York and Virginia that specialize in holistic management for cattle and field crops. He has a B.A. in English from Yale University.