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


  • A member of the white nationalist type group National Socialist Movement attends a rally at the state capital in Little Rock, Arkansas, November 10, 2018, photo by Jim Urquhart/Reuters

    Human Intelligence: The Key to Ferreting Out Extremism in the Ranks

    The U.S. military is fighting extremism—including white supremacists and violent anti-government radicals—in its own ranks. De-radicalized former extremists can provide crucial first-hand intelligence on extremist groups' recruiting tactics.

    Mar 18, 2021 Defense One

  • Lease application form on a tablet with glasses, keyboard, and coffee cup, photo by courtneyk/Getty Images

    Your Personal Information Could End Up in the Hands of Foreign Investors

    If you've ever rented a property, you may have wondered what happens to the sensitive information on your application. Recent concerns over the foreign harvesting of personal information for questionable purposes should worry everyone.

    Dec 16, 2020 Inside Sources

  • 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