Laura L. Miller

Laura L. Miller
Senior Social Scientist; Quality Assurance Manager, RAND Project Air Force
Washington Office


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

Media Resources

This researcher is available for interviews.

To arrange an interview, contact the RAND Office of Media Relations at (310) 451-6913, or email

More Experts


Laura L. Miller is a senior social scientist at the RAND Corporation. For 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

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

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

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

Miller, Laura L., Laurie T. Martin, Douglas Yeung, Matthew Trujillo, and 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

Meadows, Sarah O., Laura L. Miller, and Jeremy N. V. Miles, The Association Between Base-Area Social and Economic Characteristics and Airmen's Outcomes, RAND Corporation (RR-132-AF), 2014

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


  • 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