Michelle Grisé

Michelle Grisé
Senior 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 a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on Iran, South Asia, 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, a policy fellow at the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and a Fulbright fellow in Israel. 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 international law at Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for Politics and Strategy.  

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Lecturer, Institute for Politics and Strategy, Carnegie Mellon University

Honors & Awards

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


Russian; French; Hebrew


  • Warfare and Military Operations

    Fighting in Sudan Is Creating a Rift Among U.S. Security Partners

    While the national security community often focuses on strategic competition between the United States and its near-peer adversaries, the conflict in Sudan is a good reminder that regional powers are also engaged in competition for influence and resources.

    Jul 20, 2023

    The RAND Blog

  • Iraq

    Twenty Years After the Iraq War, a Q&A with RAND Experts

    On the 20th anniversary of the war in Iraq, RAND experts discussed what the war means for the people of Iraq and the veterans who fought there, what lessons the U.S. military learned (or did not learn), and what effect it has had on the balance of power in the Middle East and the global reputation of the United States.

    Mar 21, 2023

    The RAND Blog

  • Decisionmaking

    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