Laura L. Miller

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Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist
Washington Office


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 behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation. For 29 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 40 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

Board of Directors, Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society

Previous Positions

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Consensus Committee on the Well-Being of Military Families; Advisory Board, American Sociological Association Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy; Personnel Policies Team, Office of the Secretary of Defense Independent Review Related to Fort Hood; Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies; Panel to Investigate Sexual Misconduct at the United States Air Force Academy; Secretary of the Army's Transition Team; Member, Army Science Board; Survey Consultant, Congressional Commission on Military Training and Gender-Related Issues; Consultant, U.S. Secretary of the Army's Sexual Harassment Panel

Selected Publications

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

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

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

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

Laura L. Miller, Laurie T. Martin, Douglas Yeung, Matthew D. Trujillo, Martha J. Timmer, Information and Communication Technologies to Promote Social and Psychological Well-Being in the Air Force: A 2012 Survey of Airmen, RAND Corporation (RR-695-AF), 2014

Sarah O. Meadows, Laura L. Miller, and Jeremy N.V. Miles, The Association Between Military Base-Area Social and Economic Characteristics and Airmen’s Outcomes, RAND Corporation (RR-132-AF), 2013

Laura L. Miller, Jennifer Kavanagh, Maria C. Lytell, Keith Jennings, Craig Martin, The Extent of Restrictions on the Service of Active-Component Military Women, RAND (MG-1175), 2012

Honors & Awards

  • Gold Medal Merit Award 2014, RAND
  • Gold Medal Merit Award 2011, RAND
  • Mentor Spotlight Award, 2018., RAND Behavioral and Policy Sciences


  • 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