Zev Winkelman

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Director, Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance; Information Scientist; Core Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


Ph.D. in public policy, University of California, Berkeley; M.S. in forensic computing, City University of New York; B.S.E. in computer engineering, University of Michigan; B.G.S. in general studies, University of Michigan


Zev Winkelman is an information scientist at RAND, Director of the RAND Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance, and a core faculty member at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His specializations include big data analytics, social media, and cyber security. He has more than 15 years of experience in computer engineering and software development. Winkelman has designed and implemented many systems that allow analysts to fuse, analyze, and visualize diverse datasets across several domains including: financial data, social media and social networks, unstructured text, and geo-tagged data. Winkelman initially applied these skills in finance working first on trade settlement, operational risk assessment, and capital markets syndicate desk systems, and later on high frequency trading. After the events of September 11, 2001, Winkelman’s focus shifted to national security policy. This transition included a master’s degree in forensic computing and counter terrorism, and a PhD in public policy. At RAND, Winkelman applies his combination of technical skills and a policy orientation to a diverse portfolio of interests that includes research in defense, intelligence, foreign policy, law enforcement, economic, cyber, privacy, and health related issues.

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses


  • Financial video game

    Let's (Not) Play Games with Dodd-Frank

    Dodd-Frank, the 2010 financial reform law, is now itself the target of reform. Those involved with the overhaul could draw inspiration from an unlikely source: video games. A simulation game could help predict the effects of changes to regulations—and avoid high-stakes missteps.

    May 4, 2017 The Hill