Susan M. Sohler Everingham

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Senior Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Pittsburgh Office


M.A. in applied mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in mathematics and biology, Williams College

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Susan Sohler Everingham is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She has been involved in a diverse array of policy studies since joining RAND in 1988.

Her research includes mathematical modeling of complex systems as well as cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses of policy alternatives; she coauthored a RAND study that compared various cocaine control strategies and developed the Markov-based model of the demand for cocaine that was used in that research. She has also contributed to a number of studies of the criminal justice system and of violence prevention, as well as evaluations of personnel policies in defense settings. Her recent work supported U.S. Department of Defense efforts to improve defense management in developing countries around the globe, and she is coleading RAND-sponsored work on disparities in rural America. 

She has also served in a number of RAND management positions, including director of a program of research on military personnel policies, director of a unit focused on international outreach and business development, and director of RAND's Pittsburgh office from October 2008 to January 2018.

Everingham earned her M.A. in applied mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Previous Positions

Director, RAND Innovation Architecture; Director, Pittsburgh Office; Director, International Programs; Director, Forces and Resources Policy Center, National Security Research Division; Associate Director for Operations and Planning, National Security Research Division

Recent Projects

  • Transforming defense human resource management systems
  • Defense institution capacity building
  • Disparities in rural America
  • New policies and practices for deploying DoD civilians
  • Staffing embassy-based security cooperation offices

Selected Publications

Beau Kilmer et al., What America’s Users Spend on Illegal Drugs: 2000 through 2010, ONDCP, 2014



Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Pittsburgh Business Times; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Commentary: Newsweek; p4 Blog; Pittsburgh Business Times; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


  • Representatives from the United States, Canada, Lithuania, NATO, and Ukraine discuss the noncommissioned officer development-training course at the Office of Defensive Cooperation in Kyiv, Ukraine, February 24, 2016, photo by Staff Sgt. Adriana M. Diaz-Brown/U.S. Army

    The Value of Institutional Capacity Building Through Professional Military Education

    Security cooperation rarely makes headlines. But it enhances the security of the United States and its allies and partners in an effective and cost-effective way, and may deserve more attention and support.

    Apr 25, 2022 The RAND Blog

  • Roberto Clemente Bridge and Andy Warhol Bridge over the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Pittsburgh's Annual Day of Giving

    All funds that RAND raises on September 21 through Pittsburgh's Day of Giving will be devoted to RAND's work taking place in southwestern Pennsylvania.

    Sep 21, 2016

  • The Duquesne Incline operates in front of the downtown skyline of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    In Pittsburgh, a Day of Giving

    All funds that RAND raises on May 3 through Pittsburgh's Day of Giving will be devoted to RAND's work taking place in southwestern Pennsylvania.

    Apr 27, 2016

  • An illustration of a projection of binary code on a man holding a laptop computer

    Is It Time to Appoint a Data Security Czar?

    Cybersecurity needs to become more of a priority for the government and private corporations. Whatever the solution, public and private officials need to do a better job of weighing the risk-benefit calculation of storing data on Internet-accessible computers and justifying data-handling protocols.

    Sep 3, 2015 Newsweek

  • Downtown Pittsburgh

    Building the Best Pittsburgh Possible

    Pittsburgh's journey toward its bright future has only just begun. To realize its potential, the city needs a vision as well as an innovative, inclusive, and data-driven approach to community development.

    Apr 9, 2015 p4 Blog

  • Kindergarten girls using computer

    RAND Is Participating in Pittsburgh's Day of Giving May 6

    By choosing to support RAND through on Tuesday, May 6, your gift goes further thanks to The Pittsburgh Foundation matching a portion of all gifts from $25 to $1,000.

    May 2, 2014

  • The Upside of Snowmageddon

    The city's lame response shows, yet again, why we need more cooperation among local governments.

    Mar 28, 2010 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • Getting to Know Pittsburgh: The City Has Embraced Me ... and Now the World?

    In the year since I moved to Pittsburgh from Southern California, it's become clear that I unwittingly chose the perfect moment in history to come here, writes Susan Everingham.

    Sep 19, 2009 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • Public Libraries Are Needed Now More Than Ever

    What Pittsburgh attraction provides $3 of economic output for every public dollar invested? The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. If you find this factoid unlikely, it is because the research that discovered it received an astounding lack of attention, write Susan Everingham and Sally Sleeper.

    May 29, 2009 Pittsburgh Business Times