Joshua Russell-Fritch

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.S. in economics, Purdue University; B.S. in economics, University of Kansas


Josh Russell-Fritch is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His primary interests are health and economic policy for disadvantaged populations, especially as it relates to women and children’s health and rural communities. His work at RAND has focused on developing health policy simulations for the U.S. and expanding access to and understanding of high-quality data.

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, he was a senior research assistant in the Research and Policy department of the Kauffman Foundation. There, he assisted on the redesign and authored the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship and supported the development of EdWise, a public education data aggregation tool. He also led efforts to create data visualizations to support entrepreneurship policy talks with state and national leaders.

He holds an M.S. in economics from Purdue University and a B.S. in economics from the University of Kansas, with a minor in mathematics.