Matthew Sargent

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Management Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


Ph.D. in history and organizational theory, UC Berkeley; M.A. in history, UC Berkeley; M.A. in European studies, Georgetown; A.B. in chemistry and art history, Dartmouth


Matthew Sargent is a management scientist and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, where he teaches the core course in social network analysis.  His research spans a variety of subject areas, often focusing on command and control, innovation management, and the application of network analysis to the study of markets and economies.  He is currently leading projects tracking the illicit market for looted antiquities and on mapping the inter-firm relationship networks that structure the regional economy of the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to coming to RAND in 2016, Sargent was a Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Southern California, and a research associate at Caltech. His academic research traced the history of global trade, evolving patterns of business organization, and the structure of business conglomerates in Asian economies. He received a joint PhD in history and organizational behavior (business administration) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses

Previous Positions

Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow, USC

Recent Projects

  • Tracking and disrupting the illicit antiquities trade with open-source data
  • Leveraging complexity in great power competition and warfare