Michelle Grisé

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Associate Policy Researcher
Washington Office


Ph.D. in history, Yale University; J.D. in law, University of Michigan; B.A. in history, University of Chicago


Michelle Grisé is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on Iran, Russian military strategy, strategic competition, and international law. Prior to joining RAND, Grisé was a law clerk at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the Society for the History of Technology's NASA Fellow in the History of Space Technology, a visiting researcher at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, and a policy fellow at the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies. She received a Ph.D. in history from Yale University, a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, and a B.A. in history from the University of Chicago. In addition to her work at RAND, Grisé teaches at Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for Politics and Strategy.  

Honors & Awards

  • Fulbright Fellowship
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship
  • Critical Language Scholarship


Russian; French; Hebrew


  • Pakistan's mountain range known for historical nuclear tests seen from London Road, photo by commoner28th/Getty Images

    Women and Statecraft History

    RAND associate policy researcher and historian Michelle Grisé discusses her training as a historian and how she uses it to inform current policy debates and decisionmaking.

    Dec 16, 2020 Center for Strategic and International Studies


  • The Sodium Guidestar at the Air Force Research Laboratory's Starfire Optical Range resides on a 6,240 foot hilltop at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, photo by U.S. Air Force


    A History of the Third Offset, 2014–2018

    The authors describe the Third Offset -- a U.S. strategy centered on the potential of technology to offset Chinese and Russian military advances and that shaped the 2018 National Defense Strategy -- focusing on efforts to effect institutional change.

    Mar 31, 2021

  • A car crash in an urban area, photo by kadmy/Getty Images


    Autonomous Vehicles and the Future of Auto Insurance

    RAND researchers investigated the impact that autonomous vehicles (AVs) could have on U.S. automobile insurance. They found that the existing U.S. auto insurance system should be flexible enough to accommodate the initial introduction of AVs.

    Dec 17, 2020