John 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


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 long-term policy planning, 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, international security and stability, workforce development, and sustainable energy.

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 holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center and a B.S. in Neurobiology from the University of Texas, with minors in Programming and Biomimicry.

Recent Projects

  • Security 2040: The Security Implications of Additive Manufacturing
  • Measures Development for Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health
  • Research Study of Mainstreaming/Co-Requisite Acceleration in Texas Community Colleges