Alexandra T. Evans

Policy Researcher; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


Ph.D. in history, University of Virginia; M.A. in history, University of Virginia; B.A. in history, Vassar College


Alexandra T. Evans is a policy researcher at RAND and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research interests include escalation management, deterrence, coercion, strategic competition, and regional security issues in Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining RAND, she was an Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy with the Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a postdoctoral fellow at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Evans received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in history from Vassar College.

Selected Publications

Evans, Alexandra T., Emily Ellinger, Jacob L. Heim, Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga, Zachary Burdette, and Lydia Grek, Managing Escalation: Lessons and Challenges from Three Historical Crises Between Nuclear-Armed Powers, RAND Corporation (RR-A1743-2), 2024

Klotz, Frank G., Alexandra T. Evans, Modernizing the U.S. Nuclear Triad: The Rationale for a New Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, RAND Corporation (PE-A1434-1), 2022

Wasser, Becca, Stacie L. Pettyjohn, Jeffrey Martini, Alexandra T. Evans, Karl P. Mueller, Nathaniel Edenfield, Gabrielle Tarini, Ryan Haberman, and Jalen Zeman, The Air War Against the Islamic State: The Role of Airpower in Operation Inherent Resolve, RAND Corporation (RR-A388-1), 2021


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    The RAND Blog

  • Social Media Analysis

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    Jul 17, 2023

    The RAND Blog

  • Gun Violence

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    Jul 13, 2023

    The RAND Blog

  • Military Strategy

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    Over the last several years, great-power competition has become a major topic of discussion, prompting policymakers, scholars, and pundits alike to look to the past for lessons to explain the emerging contest between the United States and China. Considering how a variety of historical powers have faced rising challengers can aid our understanding of the challenges ahead.

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  • International Diplomacy

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    Jørgen Jensehaugen's Arab-Israeli Diplomacy Under Carter is a valuable addition to the literature on American peacemaking efforts that deepens our understanding of the difficult choices future administrations will confront in their effort to defuse the Arab-Israeli conflict.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Texas National Security Review

  • Warfare and Military Operations

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    Center for Strategic and International Studies