Elina Treyger

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Political Scientist
Washington Office


J.D. in law, Harvard University; Ph.D. in political science, Harvard University; B.A. in college scholar, Cornell University


Elina Treyger is a political scientist at the RAND Corporation, and is also a lawyer. Her work at RAND spans topics in three areas of research: (1) homeland security (with a focus on immigration enforcement, migration, and border security); (2) national security and defense (with a focus on questions of strategy and policy involving Russia and former Soviet states); and (3) justice policy (criminal and civil justice, technology and the law, corporations and public policy). Her earlier work on Russia investigated the legacy of Soviet population management for post-Soviet societies. Prior domestically-focused work addressed questions implicating public safety, immigration enforcement, the migration-crime relationship, policing, and federal-state relations. Treyger’s research relies on quantitative and qualitative social science methods as well as legal and policy analysis. Previously, Treyger was an assistant professor of law at George Mason University’s Law School, an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, and a law clerk for the then-Chief Judge Danny Boggs on the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Treyger received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.