Stephanie Young

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Associate Director, Defense and Political Sciences Department; Senior Political Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D., M.A. in history, University of California, Berkeley; B.A. in physics, astrophysics, history, University of California, Berkeley

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Stephanie Young is associate director of the Defense and Political Sciences Department and a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, where she conducts research and analysis on a broad range of foreign policy and security related issues. Her primary interests relate to defense budgeting and resource allocation, but other recent work has focused on strategic competition, social media analysis, force modernization, security cooperation and building partner capacity, and countering-weapons of mass destruction. In 2012 she spent three months as an analyst embedded with the Special Operations Joint Task Force – Afghanistan, in Kabul. She has also taught a Ph.D. level course on the U.S. defense budget at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Young was educated at the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a B.A. in physics and astrophysics, and a Ph.D. in history. 

Recent Projects

  • Using Social Media to Extract Information About Chemical Weapons Incidents: A Methodology and Demonstration of Concept from the Civil War in Syria

Selected Publications

Ben Connable, Stephanie Young, Stephanie Pezard, Andrew Radin, Raphael S. Cohen, Katya Migacheva, James Sladden, Russia's Hostile Measures Combating Russian Gray Zone Aggression Against NATO in the Contact, Blunt, and Surge Layers of Competition, (RR-2539), 2020

Stephanie Young, J. Michael Gilmore, Operating Under a Continuing Resolution A Limited Assessment of Effects on Defense Procurement Contract Awards, (RR-2263), 2019

Eric V. Larson, Derek Eaton, Michael E. Linick, John E. Peters, Agnes Gereben Schaefer, Keith Walters, Stephanie Young, H. G. Massey, Michelle D. Ziegler, Defense Planning in a Time of Conflict A Comparative Analysis of the 2001–2014 Quadrennial Defense Reviews, and Implications for the Army, RAND (RR-1309-A), 2018

Stephanie Young, Daniel Tremblay, Roland Yardley, The U.S. Department of Defense’s Earned Value Management-Analyst Workforce, RAND (RR-1254), 2016

Stephanie Young, Henry Willis, Melinda Moore, Jeffrey Engstrom, Measuring Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) Performance: Capacities, Capabilities, and Sustainability Enablers for Biorisk Management and Biosurveillance, RAND (RR-660), 2014

Richard R. Brennan Jr., et. al., Ending the U.S. War in Iraq: the Final Transition, Operational Maneuver, and Disestablishment of United States Forces-Iraq, RAND (RR-232), 2013

Stephanie Young, ""Would Your Answers Spoil My Questions?": Art and Technology at the RAND Corporation," in Volker Janssen (ed.), Where Minds and Matters Meet: Technology in California and the West, University of California Press, 2012

Bernard D. Rostker, et. al., Sexual Orientation and U.S. Military Personnel Policy: An Update of RAND's 1993 Study, RAND (MG-1056-OSD), 2010

Honors & Awards

  • Defense Council, Truman National Security Project
  • Edward Teller Fellow in Science and National Security Studies, United States Department of Energy
  • Foreign Policy Initiative Future Leader Program, Foreign Policy Initiative