Christopher Paul

Christopher Paul
Senior Social Scientist; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

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Christopher Paul is an adjunct social scientist at RAND and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He is also the USMC Chair for Information at the Naval Postgraduate School. Paul provides research support related to operations in the information environment, information warfare, the information joint/warfighting function, counterpropaganda, cyber operations, and related policy to a range of Department of Defense and U.S. Government offices, organizations, and commands. His work has influenced defense doctrine and policy in the United States and internationally. Prior to joining RAND full-time in July of 2002, he worked at RAND as adjunct staff for six years. Paul received his Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles; he spent academic year 2001–02 on the UCLA statistics faculty.

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

USMC Chair for Information at Naval Postgraduate School

Selected Publications

Paul, Christopher, Michael Schwille, Michael Vasseur, Elizabeth M. Bartels, and Ryan Bauer, The Role of Information in U.S. Concepts for Strategic Competition, RAND Corporation (RR-A1256-1), 2022

Paul, Christopher, James Dobbins, Scott W. Harold, Howard J. Shatz, Rand Waltzman, and Lauren Skrabala, A Guide to Extreme Competition with China, RAND Corporation (RR-A1378-1), 2021

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

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

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

Paul, Christopher, Miriam Matthews, The Russian "Firehose of Falsehood" Propaganda Model: Why It Might Work and Options to Counter It, RAND Corporation (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

Recent Media Appearances

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