Kurt Klein

Kurt Klein
Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School


M.Phil. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.P.P., University of California, Los Angeles; B.S. in physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Kurt Klein is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His dissertation applies the robust decision-making methodology to power infrastructure planning to mitigate the threat from geomagnetically induced currents. His other current research focuses on using geospatial analysis to assist the assessment of the opportunities and risks of fielding long range precision fires in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty.

Klein's research interests include violent extremism and mass attacks in public spaces, examining the implications of climate change and other environmental trends on national security, great power competition, nuclear enterprise modernization, homelessness, food recovery, and California SB 1383. He has a M.Phil. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, a M.P.P. (Public Policy) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and a B.S. in physics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.