James Syme

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Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; PhD Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.S. in applied mathematics, University of Colorado Denver; B.S. in pure mathematics, University of New Mexico; B.A. in political science, University of New Mexico


James Syme is Ph.D. candidate at Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. His research focuses on legislative redistricting, climate change adaptation and mitigation (DMDU/RDM), and policy-relevant applications of mathematics. 

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, he was a technical analyst at RAND who focused primarily on climate change adaptation and mitigation and decisionmaking under uncertainty in water management, transportation, and disaster mitigation planning, though he has also completed work focusing on health insurance, epidemiological modeling, and defense logistics. 

Syme has an M.S. in applied mathematics from the University of Colorado, Denver, and a B.S. in pure mathematics and B.A. in political science from the University of New Mexico.