Keytin Palmer

Keytin Palmer
Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND
Santa Monica Office


M.Sc. in political psychology, Queens University Belfast; B.A. in psychology, New College of Florida


Keytin Palmer (he/they) is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D. student in the Technology Applications and Implications stream at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He has an M.Sc. in political psychology from Queen’s University Belfast and a B.A. in psychology from New College of Florida.

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, he was a director at Lextant, a user experience research firm. For ten years, he provided research and strategy to more than 50 companies across a wide variety of industries, including transportation, health care, insurance, social media, nonprofits, and education. Much of his work focused on improving emerging technologies, such as autonomous vehicles, smart devices, and augmented reality. He was previously an analyst at EMC Research, a public opinion research firm. His research interests include emerging technologies, big tech, truth decay, cognitive biases and decisionmaking, LGBTQ+ policies, voting behavior, and the spread of disinformation/misinformation online.