Erin Rebhan

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Head of Strategic Communications, RAND National Security Research Division
Washington Office


Ph.D. in Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara; B.A. in Spanish and Geology, St. Norbert College


Erin Rebhan is Head of Strategic Communications for the National Security Research Division (NSRD) at the RAND Corporation. NSRD operates the National Defense Research Institute (NDRI), a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) whose sponsors include the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the defense agencies, and the Department of the Navy. NSRD also conducts research for the U.S. intelligence community and the ministries of defense of U.S. allies and partners. Rebhan, a communications professional with nearly 15 years' experience in national security and defense, shapes both internal and external communications strategies for NSRD. Before joining RAND, Rebhan was Research Communications Manager at CNA, which runs the Department of the Navy's FFRDC. At CNA, she provided writing and communications expertise to project teams and taught a graduate level course on critical thinking and writing to researchers. Prior to CNA, she taught at the Catholic University of America and Claremont McKenna College. Rebhan is a published author and is co-founder and co-director of eHumanista ( She holds a Ph.D. in Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a B.A. in Spanish and Geology from St. Norbert College.


Spanish; Portuguese