Meredith Kleykamp

Senior Sociologist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in sociology, Princeton University; M.A. in sociology, Princeton University; B.A. in sociology, The University of Texas at Austin


Meredith Kleykamp (she/her) is a senior sociologist at the RAND Corporation. Her primary research centers on the consequences of military service for servicemembers, veterans, and their families as well as military personnel policies and challenges. Her recent research has examined societal perceptions and reception of returning veterans, military identity in the transition out of military service, hiring discrimination against veterans and military spouses, pre-enlistment diversity attitudes among military-propensed youth, and how to desegregate recruit training in the United States Marine Corps among other projects. Her past research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Army Research Institute. Her work has been published in academic journals and peer-reviewed RAND reports. She served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Readjustment Needs of Military Personnel, Veterans, and their Families, and the Maryland Governor’s Challenge team on Preventing Suicide. She is also an associate professor at the University of Maryland, and previously taught at the University of Kansas and United States Military Academy. She received a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University in 2007.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland

Selected Publications

Sims, Carra S., Laura L. Miller, Thomas E. Trail, Dulani Woods, Aaron Kofner, Carolyn M. Rutter, Marek N. Posard, Owen Hall, and Meredith Kleykamp, 2017 U.S. Air Force Community Feedback Tool: Key Results Report for Air Force Headquarters, RAND Corporation (RR-3084-AF), 2019

Asch, Beth J., Christopher Buck, Jacob Alex Klerman, Meredith Kleykamp, and David S. Loughran, Military Enlistment of Hispanic Youth: Obstacles and Opportunities, RAND Corporation (MG-773-OSD), 2009

Meredith Kleykamp, Sidra Montgomery, Alexis Pang, & Kristin Schrader, "Military Identity and Planning for the Transition out of the Military," Military Psychology, 33(6), 2021

Alair MacLean & Meredith Kleykamp , "Generations of Veterans: Socioeconomic Attainment from World War II to the Contemporary Era," Social Science History, 45(1), 2021

Mary Keeling, Elisa E Borah, Sara Kintzle, Meredith Kleykamp, & Heather C Robertson, "Military Spouses Transition, Too! A Call to Action to Address Spouses’ Military to Civilian Transition," Journal of Family Social Work , 23(1), 2020

Meredith Kleykamp, Crosby Hipes and Alair MacLean, "Who Supports U.S. Veterans and Who Exaggerates Their Support?" Armed Forces and Society, 41(1), 2018

Rachel Shattuck and Meredith Kleykamp, "Conducive Characteristics or Anti-Racist Context? Decomposing the Reasons for Veterans’ High Likelihood of Interracial Marriage” ," Population Research and Policy Review , 37(2), 2018

MacLean, Alair and Meredith Kleykamp, "The War at Home: Attitudes Toward Veterans Returning from Iraq ," Social Problems , 61(1), 2014