Ryan Andrew Brown

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Senior Behavioral/Social Scientist; Codirector, Center for Qualitative and Mixed Methods; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in anthropology, Emory University; M.A. in anthropology, Emory University; B.A. in anthropology, University of North Carolina

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Ryan Andrew Brown is a senior behavioral/social scientist at the RAND Corporation, focusing on improving the lives of rural and remote populations, assessment of Special Forces operations, urban American Indian health, and improving techniques for vetting, screening, and monitoring of internal and external national security threats. He codirects the Center for Qualitative and Mixed Methods at RAND, which sponsors innovation and development of novel analytic methods for text, social media, and other semi-structured data. Brown is currently conducting work focused on: (a) pathways in and out of radical extremism, (b) culturally centered substance use interventions for urban American Indian and Alaska Native youth, (c) behavioral health care access for rural and remote service members, and (d) improvements to US Government screening, vetting, and monitoring. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in anthropology from Emory University.

Recent Projects

  • Disrupting Global Transit Hubs
  • Metaphor Program Thematic Analysis Task
  • Availability and Efficacy of Military Culture-Appropriate Psychological Health Treatment for Geographically Remote Service Members and their Families
  • Building an Inter-Disciplinary Network on Culture and HIV Risk Perception
  • Motivational Interviewing and Culture for Urban Native American Youth


  • Twitter logo and binary cyber codes, November 26, 2019, photo by Dado Ruvic/Reuters

    Insider Threat at Twitter Is a Risk to Everyone

    Three young hackers were charged in the hijacking of dozens of high-profile Twitter accounts. Their tactics point out how vulnerabilities at tech platforms can pose a risk to national security.

    Aug 7, 2020 The RAND Blog