Bonny Lin is a political scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on U.S. defense policy towards China, India, and the Indo-Pacific region. Lin served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 2015 to 2018, where she was the senior advisor for China and director for Taiwan. Prior to joining RAND, she worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the World Bank. Lin holds a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University, an M.A. in Asian studies (China) from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in government from Harvard University.