Agnes Gereben Schaefer

Agnes Gereben Schaefer
Senior Political Scientist
Pittsburgh Office

Education

Ph.D. in political science, Syracuse University; M.A. in political science, Florida International University; B.A. in international relations/environmental studies, Florida International University

Media Resources

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Overview

Agnes Gereben Schaefer is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her research specializations include issues related to national security strategy, emerging threats, U.S. military personnel policy, reserve component issues, and homeland security issues. Since joining RAND in 2005, Schaefer has conducted more than 50 studies for senior civilian and military leaders, including: an assessment of the implications of allowing transgender military personnel to serve openly; integrating women into the USMC infantry and Special Operations Forces (SOF); assessments of the implications of allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military; a Congressionally-mandated review of the provision of employment services for reserve component members; the development of a Defense Sector Assessment Rating Tool, as assessment of the security situation in Mexico and several other studies related to national security strategy. She has published articles in a range of journals, and has been interviewed by various media outlets including: The Economist, Time Magazine, PBS News Hour and the Associated Press. Schaefer received her Ph.D. from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Before joining RAND, Schaefer was a postdoctoral research associate and lecturer at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Previous Positions

Lecturer and Postdoctoral Research Associate in Politics and Public Policy, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Recent Projects

  • Key Considerations in Assessing the Impact of Integrating Women into Marine Corps
  • Review of the Provision of Job Placement Assistance and Related Employment Services to Members of the Reserve Components
  • DoD Support to FEMA's All-Hazards Plans
  • Developing a Comprehensive Defense Sector Assessment Rating Tool
  • Assessing the Implications of Allowing Transgender Personnel to Serve Openly

Selected Publications

Agnes Schaefer et al, Assessing the Implications of Allowing Transgender Personnel to Serve Openly, RAND Corporation (RR-1530-OSD), 2016

Thomas S. Szayna et al, Considerations for Integrating Women into Closed Occupations in the U.S. Special Operations Forces, RAND (RR-1058-OSD), 2015

Agnes Gereben Schaefer, Jennie Wenger, Jennifer Kavanagh, Jonathan Wong, Gillian Oak, Thomas Trail, Todd Nichols, Implications of Integrating Women into the Marine Corps Infantry, RAND Corporation (RR-1103), 2015

Agnes Gereben Schaefer, Neil Brian Carey, Lindsay Daugherty, Ian P. Cook, and Spencer Case, Review of the Provision of Job Placement Assistance and Related Employment Services to Members of the Reserve Components, RAND Corporation (RR-1188), 2015

Werber, Laura, Agnes Gereben Schaefer, Karen Chan Osilla, Elizabeth Wilke, Anny Wong, Joshua Breslau, Support for the 21st Century Reserve Force: Insights on Facilitating Successful Reintegration for Citizen Warriors and Their Families, RAND Corporation (RR-206), 2013

Honors & Awards

  • 2016 Silver Medal Award, RAND
  • 2017 Silver Medal Award, RAND

Languages

Hungarian

Commentary

  • Mexico border

    If U.S.-Mexico Get Security Right, Other Good Policy Will Follow

    Obama and Peña Nieto emphasized economic cooperation at their summit not because security issues have gone away, but because the new rules of the game in this nascent relationship between the two leaders are evolving, writes Agnes Gereben Schaefer.

    May 29, 2013 Houston Chronicle

  • Follow the Money

    If the U.S. does not improve its ability to track federal spending and develop reliable measures of effectiveness, precious federal disaster aid will continue to be at risk of being squandered, writes Agnes Gereben Schaefer.

    Jul 14, 2011 The Montgomery Advertiser

  • A Month After the Earthquake: Opportunities Slipping Away

    Previous efforts by the international community to stabilize Haiti have met with little or only short-term success. This time, following the earthquake, the U.S. response could actually leverage the response and recovery opportunities into a broader international plan, write Agnes Gereben Schaefer and Anita Chandra.

    Feb 24, 2010 RAND.org and GlobalSecurity.org

  • Assessing Mexico's Narco-Violence

    Drug-related violence in Mexico has more than doubled over the past 18 months, with a sharp increase in crimes that can only be understood as atrocities. The executions, assassinations, and decapitations may all seem wanton and senseless. But this violence actually has a purpose, write Benjamin Bahney and Agnes Gereben Schaefer.

    May 14, 2009 The San Diego Union-Tribune

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