Stephanie Young

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Senior Political Scientist; Associate Director of the Defense and Political Sciences Department
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 a senior political scientist, and associate director of the Defense and Political Sciences Department 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 security cooperation and building partner capacity, the U.S. military transition in Iraq, special operations, and counterinsurgency in Afghanistan. In 2012 she spent three months as an analyst embedded with the Special Operations Joint Task Force – Afghanistan, in Kabul. She is a core faculty member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, where she has taught a Ph.D. level course on the U.S. Defense Budget. 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. 

Selected Publications

Eric Larson, et. al., Defense planning in a time of conflict, 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

Christopher Paul, et. al., What Works Best When Building Partner Capacity and Under What Circumstances?RAND (MG-1253/1-OSD), 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