Hilary A. Smith

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


M.S. in conflict analysis and resolution, George Mason University; B.A. in Middle East studies and Arabic, Brigham Young University


Hilary A. Smith is a Ph.D. student at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. She has research interests in national security policy, influence and information operations, network analysis, defense strategy and planning, and political Islam.

Smith researched contemporary insurgent and terrorist conflicts and effective U.S. intervention policies and methods in both her graduate and undergraduate work. She studied conflict, language, and other disciplines abroad in Serbia, Kosovo, UK, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and twice in Jordan. She has studied and speaks both Arabic and Spanish.

Previous to RAND, Smith worked as a proposal writer and program administrator for Diplomatic Language Services, a government contractor teaching foreign languages to military and federal clients in the Washington, D.C., area. She has an M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and a B.A. in Middle East Studies and Arabic from Brigham Young University.