Russell H. Williams

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.S. in economics, U.S. Air Force Academy


Russell Williams is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. He is a distinguished graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a B.S. in economics and a minor in Spanish.

During his first two years at RAND, Williams contributed to a variety of defense and health projects. He regularly conducted exploratory research, interviews, and aided in methodology development in support of project objectives.

While at the Air Force Academy, his studies culminated with a capstone study of Central American history, focusing on economic development, drug policy, and immigration reform. After his time at RAND, he will serve as a pilot in the Air Force, attending Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training at Sheppard AFB, TX. His research interests include optimization, USAF training, and unmanned aviation.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Air Force