Laura L. Miller

Laura L. Miller
Senior Social Scientist; Quality Assurance Manager, RAND Project AIR FORCE


Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology, Northwestern University; B.A. in European and Soviet studies, University of Redlands

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Laura L. Miller is a senior social scientist at the RAND Corporation. For more than 30 years she has studied the lives of military personnel and their families through surveys, observations, discussion groups, one-on-one interviews, and analyses of military policy and personnel data. Research topics include military culture and organization; deployment experiences; gender integration; sexual harassment and sexual assault; social problems; health and well-being; military families; military spouse education and employment; attitudes toward gays and lesbians in the military; unit cohesion and morale; and civil-military relations. To collect primary data, Miller has traveled to more than 45 stateside installations and to overseas bases and operations in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Germany, Haiti, Hungary, Korea, Kuwait, Macedonia, Qatar, the Serb Republic, and Somalia. Miller received her Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Chair and President, Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society

Selected Publications

Miller, Laura L., Dmitry Khodyakov, Joachim O. Hero, Lisa Wagner, Coreen Farris, Katie Feistel, Emily Dao, Julia Rollison, Rosemary Li, Jamie L. Ryan, Stephanie Brooks Holliday, Laurie T. Martin, and Amy L. Shearer, Domestic Abuse in the Armed Forces: Improving Prevention and Outreach, RAND Corporation (RR-A1550-1), 2023

Kidder, Katherine L., Laura L. Miller, Samantha E. DiNicola, and Phillip Carter, Managing Adverse and Reportable Information Regarding U.S. Military Officers: 2019 Update, RAND Corporation (RR-A126-1), 2022

Posard, Marek N., Leslie Adrienne Payne, and Laura L. Miller, Reducing the Risk of Extremist Activity in the U.S. Military, RAND Corporation (PE-A1447-1), 2021

Consensus Committee on the Well-Being of Military Families, Strengthening the Military Family Readiness System for a Changing American Society, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, 2019

Miller, Laura L., Coreen Farris, Marek N. Posard, Miriam Matthews, Kirsten M. Keller, Sean Robson, Stephanie Brooks Holliday, Mauri Matsuda, Rachel M. Burns, Lisa Wagner, and Barbara Bicksler, A Survey System to Assess Abuse and Misconduct Toward Air Force Students in Occupational Specialty Training, RAND Corporation (RR-2692-AF), 2019

Laura L. Miller, Coreen Farris, and Kayla M. Williams, "Challenges to Evaluating U.S. Military Policy on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment," Military Psychology, 30(3), 2018

Miller, Laura L., David Knapp, Katharina Ley Best, Esther M. Friedman, Gabriella C. Gonzalez, Mark E. Totten, Jennie W. Wenger, Thomas E. Trail, Marek N. Posard, and Ernesto F. L. Amaral, An Early Evaluation of the My Career Advancement Account Scholarship for Military Spouses, RAND Corporation (RR-2093-OSD), 2018

Laura L. Miller, Eyal Aharoni, Understanding Low Survey Response Rates Among Young U.S. Military Personnel, RAND (RR-881), 2015


  • United States Army

    Give Them Sabbaticals

    In academia and, increasingly, corporate America, sabbaticals are a time-honored way to step aside from the daily grind and intellectually reboot. The U.S. Army should embrace something similar, writes Laura Miller.

    May 7, 2008

    USA Today