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; M.Phil. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; B.S. in neurobiology, University of Texas

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J. Luke Irwin (he/him) is an assistant policy analyst at RAND and a Ph.D. student at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His primary interests are complex social systems, workforce systems, emerging technologies, and social change. His work at RAND spans a wide range of substantive policy areas, including education, workforce development, population health, science and technology, and social inequality.

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


  • Looking west along the Los Angeles River from the Fletcher Drive Bridge, <a href="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c1/Los_Angeles_River_from_Fletcher_Drive_Bridge_2019.jpg">photo</a> by Downtowngal / <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>

    Los Angeles River Revitalization: Taking Inspiration from Near and Far

    Currently a predominantly concrete channel running through the city, the Los Angeles River has great potential to revitalize Los Angeles's water resources, landscape, and identity. Creating a new vision for the river presents a complex challenge for policymakers, engineers, and urban planners.

    Feb 4, 2020 The RAND Blog

  • A desk with 3D printing technology on top

    Downloadable Guns and Other 3-D Printing Security Threats

    Americans may soon be able to legally access blueprints for 3D-printed guns. The growing opposition to these weapons shows that potential security threats do not have to be inevitable. The security challenges inherent in 3D printing could be addressed, while the development of industry norms can still be shaped.

    Jul 31, 2018 Fox News Channel