J. Luke Irwin

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.P.H., Unversity of Texas Health Science Center; B.S. in neurobiology, University of Texas

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J. Luke Irwin is an assistant policy analyst at RAND and a Ph.D. student at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His primary interest is complex social systems, especially as related to emerging technologies and social change. His work at RAND spans a wide range of substantive policy areas, including education, population health, science and technology, social inequality, and workforce development.

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, he was a research specialist focusing on vital event data at the Texas Department of State Health Services. He has also conducted a variety of qualitative and quantitative research projects for government clients, such as investigating transportation service coverage for the City of Austin and environmental health exposures for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, Irwin has on-the-ground experience in both educational and health care settings, developing and executing lesson plans in middle school, high school, and collegiate settings, and as a patient care technician in a hospital emergency room.

He received his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center and holds a B.S. in neurobiology from the University of Texas, with minors in programming and biomimicry.

Recent Projects

  • Interdependent Inequalities in Rural America
  • Assessing Algorithmic Equity
  • Security 2040: The Security Implications of Additive Manufacturing


  • 3d printing in progress


    Additive Manufacturing in 2040: Powerful Enabler, Disruptive Threat

    This Perspective -- part of a series examining critical security challenges in 2040 -- offers a new framework for exploring the disruptive dimensions of additive manufacturing technology and explores which sectors and industries might be most affected.

    May 8, 2018