Mark Toukan

Mark Toukan
Associate Political Scientist; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


Ph.D. in political science, University of Wisconsin; M.A. in international relations, University of Chicago; B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies, Ohio State University


Mark Toukan is a political scientist at RAND and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research primarily focuses on technological innovation in military training, the application of data analytics and machine learning to address training and security challenges, and defense strategy. Prior to joining RAND, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Penn Identity and Conflict Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Political Science, an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and French from the Ohio State University. In addition to his work at RAND, he also teaches courses on military strategy and terrorism and civil wars at Carnegie Mellon Institute for Strategy & Technology.