Karlyn D. Stanley

Karlyn D. Stanley
Senior Policy Researcher; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


J.D., Columbus School of Law, Catholic University; B.A. in political science, University of Michigan


Karlyn Stanley is a senior policy researcher at RAND and a professor of policy analysis at Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Karlyn Stanley is a lawyer whose career has focused on technology, including building and leading technology-focused legal practices for two international companies and a national law firm, handling high-profile regulatory litigation as a senior lawyer at AT&T, and prosecuting white-collar crime as a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.  She is currently leading a RAND project on AI Governance issues that will provide concise briefs on key issues to Congressional staff members on Capitol Hill. She is a subject matter expert on the legal and policy dimensions of autonomous vehicles, and is the lead author of a 2020 RAND study of the impact of autonomous vehicles on automobile insurance. She recently completed a RAND study of the new legal regimes for autonomous vehicles in six countries (China, Japan, Germany, France, Australia and the UK) and four U.S. states. She is currently teaching a course about the ethical dilemmas of new and emerging technologies as an adjunct professor at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. She is an accomplished public speaker and has presented RAND research internationally and throughout the United States.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Adjunct Professor, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Selected Publications

Karlyn D. Stanley, Michelle Grise, James Anderson, Autonomous Vehicles and the Future of Auto Insurance , RAND (RR-4468-ICJ), 2020

Loredo, Elvira N., Karlyn D. Stanley, Ryan Consaul, Jordan R. Reimer, and Anita Szafran, The End of Sanctuary: Protecting the Army's Installations from Emerging Threats, RAND Corporation (RR-A107-1), 2020

Amado Cordova and Karlyn D. Stanley, "Public Private Partnership for Building a Resilient Broadband Infrastructure in Puerto Rico," Telecommunications Policy, (No. 4), 2021

Cordova, Amado, Ryan Consaul, Karlyn D. Stanley, Ajay K. Kochhar, Ricardo Sanchez, and David Metz, Recovery Plan for the Communications and Information Technology Sector After Hurricanes Irma and Maria: Laying the Foundation for the Digital Transformation of Puerto Rico, RAND Corporation (RR-2599), 2020

Anderson, James M., Nidhi Kalra, Karlyn D. Stanley, Paul Sorensen, Constantine Samaras, and Tobi A. Oluwatola, Autonomous Vehicle Technology: A Guide for Policymakers, RAND Corporation (RR-443-1-RC), 2014

Stanley, Karlyn D., Elvira N. Loredo, Nicholas E. Burger, Jeremy N. V. Miles, and Clinton W. Saloga, Business Bribery Risk Assessment, RAND Corporation (RR-839-TII), 2014