Karen Christianson

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Policy Analyst
Off Site Office


B.A. in philosophy and economics, Carleton College; M.S. in public policy and management, Carnegie Mellon University


Karen Christianson (she/hers) is a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. Her primary research interests concern efforts to eliminate racial and socioeconomic opportunity gaps. Prior to joining RAND, Christianson worked with the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh to help them craft the organization's four-year strategic plan. She also taught algebra for five years and ran the math department at a Title I school in Houston, Texas.

Christianson received her B.A. in economics and philosophy from Carleton College and her M.S. in public policy and management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.