Amanda F. Edelman

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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M.P.A., Cornell University; B.S. in biology, SUNY Geneseo


Amanda Edelman is an assistant policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her dissertation, Policy Innovation and Diffusion through Major U.S. Cities, seeks to understand which cities tend to be innovators — that is, the first to adopt new policies — and how policies move from one major U.S. city to another.

Edelman has an M.P.A. from Cornell University and a B.S. in biology from SUNY Geneseo. Prior to enrolling at Pardee RAND, she served as a Presidential Management Fellow at the National Science Foundation and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. During her time as a Fellow, she worked on projects in the areas of STEM education and sustainability in the Federal Government. Before earning her M.P.A., she taught middle school science in Houston as a Teach for America corps member. Her interests include education, the environment, policy diffusion, and city governance.