Christopher Paul

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Senior Social Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

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Christopher Paul is a senior social scientist at the RAND Corporation and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Prior to joining RAND full-time in July 2002, Paul worked as an adjunct at RAND for six years and was on the statistics faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2001–02. During the course of his more than two decades in policy and defense research, Paul has employed a range of methods including comparative historical and case study approaches, quantitative analysis, expert elicitation, analytical wargaming, and evaluation research.  His current and recent research efforts include analyses supporting operations in the information environment, security cooperation, counterinsurgency, irregular/unconventional warfare, and operations in cyberspace. Paul received his Ph.D. in sociology from UCLA.

Recent Projects

  • Improving intelligence support to information operations
  • Laying a Foundation for the Assessment of Department of Defense Efforts to Inform, Influence, and Persuade
  • Improving Representation of the Information Environment and Information-Related Capabilities in Wargaming and Simulation
  • Emerging Capabilities and Practices Needed for Army Operations In and Through the Information Environment
  • Approaches to C4ISR in the Information Environment

Selected Publications

Christopher Paul, Yuna Huh Wong, Elizabeth M. Bartels, Opportunities for Including the Information Environment in U.S. Marine Corps Wargames, (RR-2997), 2020

Christopher Paul and William Marcellino, Dominating Duffer's Domain: Lessons for the U.S. Marine Corps Information Operations Practitioner, RAND (RR-1166-1), 2017

Christopher Paul and Miriam Matthews, The Russian Firehose of Falsehood Propaganda Model: Why It Might Work and Options to Counter It, RAND (PE-198), 2016

Christopher Paul, "Confessions of a Hybrid Warfare Skeptic: What Might Really Be Interesting but Hidden Within the Various Conceptions of Gray Zone Conflict, Ambiguous Warfare, Political Warfare, and Their Ilk," Small Wars Journal, 2016

Christopher Paul, Jessica Yeats, Colin P. Clarke, Miriam Matthews, Lauren Skrabala, Assessing and Evaluating Department of Defense Efforts to Inform, Influence, and Persuade: Handbook for Practitioners, RAND (RR-809/2), 2015

Christopher Paul, Colin P. Clarke, Beth Grill, and Molly Dunigan, Paths to Victory: Lessons from Modern Insurgencies, RAND Corporation (RR-291/1), 2013

Christopher Paul, Strategic Communication: Origins, Concepts, and Current Debates, Praeger, 2011

Christopher Paul, Ben Connable, Jonathan Welch, Nate Rosenblatt, Jim McNeive, The Information Warfighter Exercise Wargame: Rulebook, RAND (TL-A495-1), 2021

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 Bronze Medal Award, RAND
  • 2016 Defense and Political Sciences Mentor of the Year Award, RAND
  • 2013 Fulbright Specialist to Massey University, New Zealand, US Department of State

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: The Ed Berliner Show; Information Professionals; NPR;; Voice of America; Vox; WTOP Radio