Nima Shahidinia is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research interests include substance use treatment and drug policy trends.
Prior to joining Pardee RAND, Shahidinia was an alcohol and drug research analyst at the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Authority Directors in Washington, D.C. In that role, he explored the "harm reduction" side of U.S. drug policy, working with state opioid treatment authorities across the United States, as well as with senior staff in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Division of Pharmacologic Therapies.
He has an M.P.P. from American University and a B.S. in political science and economics from Santa Clara University.
Kebhaj, S., Shahidinia, N., Testa, A., & Williams, J., "Collateral damage & the war on drugs: Estimating the effect of zero tolerance policies on drug arrest rates, 1975-2002," The Public Purpose, (11):1-25, 2013