Lawrence M. Hanser

Lawrence M. Hanser
Senior Behavioral Scientist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. and M.S. in psychology, Iowa State University; B.A. in psychology, Marquette University

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Lawrence M. Hanser (he/him) is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. He previously served as associate director of the Manpower, Personnel, and Training Program within RAND Project AIR FORCE.

As an industrial/organizational psychologist, Hanser’s research has focused on people and organizations, and the interface between them—specifically on the design of organizations, and how people are selected and trained to be successful in them. He has led and participated in projects focused on understanding the skill requirements of senior leadership positions in the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the impact of these requirements on development and succession planning. He has examined the career patterns of U.S. Army civilians, paths to increasing professionalism among U.S. Air Force personnel, and entrance testing of applicants to military service. Recent work includes evaluating the surge capacity of U.S. Army military treatment facilities, examining training shortfalls in U.S. Air Force flight equipment personnel, and considerations of different ways the new U.S. Space Force could choose to develop and manage its personnel.

Hanser received his Ph.D. and M.S. in psychology from Iowa State University and his B.A. in psychology from Marquette University.

Previous Positions

Chief, Selection and Classification Technical Area, Manpower and Personnel Research Laboratory, U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences

Recent Projects

  • Organizing and Training for the Contested, Degraded, and Operationally Limited Space Force
  • Career patterns of U.S. Army civilian employees
  • Admission standards at U.S. military academies
  • Entrance standards for enlisted military personnel

Selected Publications

Li, Jennifer J., Tracy C. Krueger, Lawrence M. Hanser, Andrew M. Naber, and Judith Babcock LaValley, Enhancing Professionalism in the U.S. Air Force, RAND Corporation (RR-1721-AF), 2017

Nataraj, Shanthi, Lawrence M. Hanser, Career Paths in the Army Civilian Workforce: Identifying Common Patterns Based on Statistical Clustering, RAND Corporation (RR-2280-A), 2018

Alkire, Brien, Sherrill Lingel, and Lawrence M. Hanser, A Wargame Method for Assessing Risk and Resilience of Military Command-and-Control Organizations, RAND Corporation (TL-291-AF), 2018

Yeung, Douglas, Christina E. Steiner, Chaitra M. Hardison, Lawrence M. Hanser, and Kristy N. Kamarck, Recruiting Policies and Practices for Women in the Military: Views from the Field, RAND Corporation (RR-1538-OSD), 2017

Hardison, Chaitra M., Susan Burkhauser, Lawrence M. Hanser, and Mustafa Oguz, How Effective Are Military Academy Admission Standards?RAND Corporation (RB-9905-OSD), 2016

Hanser, Lawrence M., Mustafa Oguz, United States Service Academy Admissions: Selecting for Success at the Military Academy/West Point and as an Officer, RAND Corporation (RR-723-OSD), 2015

Hanser, Lawrence M., Nelson Lim, Douglas Yeung, and Eric Cring, Improving Development Teams to Support Deliberate Development of Air Force Officers, RAND Corporation (RR-1010-AF), 2015

Honors & Awards

  • Scholarly Achievement Award, Academy of Management
  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science

Recent Media Appearances

Commentary: San Francisco Chronicle


  • Workforce Diversity

    The Realities of Silicon Valley's Lack of Workforce Diversity

    Major Silicon Valley tech firms have released statistics indicating their workforces are largely made up of white men. Corporate America is on the receiving end of a complex chain of social and educational factors that continue to leave minorities behind in terms of college graduation, and both minorities and women behind in terms of STEM degrees.

    Oct 2, 2014

    San Francisco Chronicle