Patricia A. Stapleton

Patricia A. Stapleton

Associate Director, Infrastructure, Immigration, and Security Operations Program, RAND Homeland Security Research Division; Senior Political Scientist; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


Patricia Stapleton is an associate director of the Infrastructure, Immigration, and Security Operations (IISO) Program, part of the RAND Homeland Security Research Division (HSRD), a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research interests include science and technology policy, risk perception and regulation of emerging technologies, risk assessment and communication, and R&D management and coordination.

Stapleton's research often focuses on the adoption and regulation of emerging technologies in critical infrastructure sectors, including agricultural and food production and healthcare—with recent attention to CRISPR and human germline editing. She also investigates topics in food security, particularly in the context of climate change. She uses qualitative methods and an historical institutionalist approach to examine the factors impacting the development of risk regulation (i.e., timing, political and institutional contexts, and public opinion).

Before joining RAND, Stapleton was director of the Society, Technology, & Policy Program and an assistant professor of political science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in political science from the CUNY Graduate Center, as well as an M.A. in French literature from Rutgers University.


Ph.D. in political science, City University of New York - Graduate Center; M.Phil in political science, City University of New York - Graduate Center; M.A. in French Literature, Rutgers University; B.A. in French, Ursinus College



Selected Work

  • Patricia A. Stapleton and Alessandra Torres Yabar, "Playing God? Media coverage of CRISPR in the United States," Public Understanding of Science, 32(4), 2023
  • Patricia Stapleton and Melissa Michaelson, "Disbanding the Old Boys’ Club: Strategies for Department Gender Equity ," PS: Political Science & Politics, 54(3), 2021
  • Patricia Stapleton and Daniel Skinner, "Cross-Border Reproductive Care: Two Lenses in Political Science," World Medical & Health Policy, 10(4), 2018
  • Patricia Stapleton, "Knowledge Surveys as an Assessment Tool of Simulation Course Outcomes," Journal of Political Science Education, 16(4), 2018
  • Patricia Stapleton, "From Mad Cows to GMOs: The Side Effects of Modernization," European Journal of Risk Regulation, 7(3), 2016
  • Patricia Stapleton and Daniel Skinner, "The Affordable Care Act and assisted reproductive technology use," Politics and the Life Sciences, 34(2), 2015
  • Patricia Stapleton and Andrew Byers, eds. , Biopolitics and Utopia: An Interdisciplinary Reader, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015

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