Ryan Andrew Brown

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Senior Behavioral/Social Scientist; Co-Director, Center for Qualitative and Mixed Methods; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


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 co-directs 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 has conducted work focused on: (a) Army demand for a civilian expeditionary force based on future warfare scenarios, (b) developing measures of effectiveness for Special Operations, (c) behavioral health care access for rural and remote service members, and (d) social media analysis for the Department of Homeland Security. He received his Ph.D. 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