Sean Mann

Sean Mann
Senior Policy Analyst; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


B.A. in anthropology, Dartmouth College; M.S. in foreign service, Georgetown University


Sean Mann is a senior policy analyst at RAND. Specializing in machine learning and mixed methods research, he has led quantitative research design and analysis for high profile defense and health studies, including congressionally-mandated global reviews of senior military personnel requirements and of the federally-funded health services research portfolio. His methodological expertise spans both quantitative and qualitative skills, including machine learning, natural language processing, remote sensing/GIS, and network analysis as well as systematic literature reviews, survey design, and semi-structured interviews. Mann holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University with a concentration in International Relations and Security, as well as a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in earth sciences from Dartmouth College. His self-guided study of computer programming began at the age of ten and continues to this day.

Selected Publications

Sean Mann, Carl T. Berdahl, Lawrence Baker, Federico Girosi, "Artificial intelligence applications used in the clinical response to COVID-19: A scoping review," PLOS Digital Health, 2022

Sean Mann, Lawrence Baker, Federico Girosi, Osonde A. Osoba, Carl Berdahl, Strategies to Improve the Impact of AI on Health Equity, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, 2023

Eric Robinson & Sean Mann, "Investigating the Growth of Detention Facilities in Xinjiang Using Nighttime Lighting," Tearline, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, 2021

Concannon, Thomas W., Laura J. Faherty, Jaime Madrigano, Sean Mann, Ramya Chari, Sameer M. Siddiqi, Justin W. Lee, and Liisa Hiatt, Translational Impacts of World Trade Center Health Program Research: A Mixed Methods Study, RAND Corporation (RR-A390-1), 2021

Jackson, Kimberly, Katherine L. Kidder, Sean Mann, William H. Waggy II, Natasha Lander, and S. Rebecca Zimmerman, Raising the Flag: Implications of U.S. Military Approaches to General and Flag Officer Development, RAND Corporation (RR-4347-OSD), 2020

Watts, Stephen, Trevor Johnston, Matthew Lane, Sean Mann, Michael J. McNerney, and Andrew Brooks, Building Security in Africa: An Evaluation of U.S. Security Sector Assistance in Africa from the Cold War to the Present, RAND Corporation (RR-2447-OSD), 2018