Dara Gold

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Associate Mathematician
Off Site Office


B.S. in mathematics, Georgetown University; Ph.D. in mathematics, Boston University


Dara Gold is an adjunct mathematician at RAND. She is currently working full time with the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group (MGGG) at Tufts University, a math and computer science research center that studies U.S. redistricting and voting. While at RAND she worked on mathematical modeling and simulation for a variety of applications. Prior to joining RAND, she was a Professorial Lecturer in the math department at American University in Washington, D.C. In the summer of 2012 she worked at NASA (Goddard Space Flight Center) where she led simulation testing to model satellite collision probabilities for the March 2015 launch of the Magnetospheric Multi-Scale (MMS) satellites.

Gold holds a Ph.D. in math from Boston University, where she specialized in differential geometry. She has a B.S. in math from Georgetown University, and completed elective coursework in U.S. foreign policy and national security policy.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Tufts University, Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group (MGGG);

Recent Projects

  • Developing a Wargame Adjudication Tool to Assess Medical Treatment Facility Compositions
  • Identifying the Highest Priority Criminal Justice Technology Needs
  • Estimating Effects in Cyberspace
  • Assessing Cost of Options for Providing Army "Surge" Capacity

Selected Publications

Gowri Ramachandran and Dara Gold, "Using Outlier Analysis to Detect Partisan Gerrymanders: A Survey of Current Approaches and Future Directions," Election Law Journal, 17(4), 2018

J. Russell Carpenter, F. Landis Markley and Dara Gold, "Sequential Probability Ratio Test for Collision Avoidance Maneuver Decisions," Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, 59(1-2), 2012

Gowri Ramachandran and Dara Gold "The New Redistricting Math: Establishing Fair Districts," in Benjamin E. Griffith and John Hardin Young, America Votes! Challenges to Modern Election Law and Voting Rights, Fourth Edition, American Bar Association (ABA), 2019