Five Research Projects Receive Brown Faculty Chair Funding

The late Harold Brown, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and a RAND trustee, and his wife, Colene, made a generous gift in 2015 to fund Harold and Colene Brown Faculty Chairs. The gift enables RAND researchers to serve in residence at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, engaging in independent thinking and research and mentoring Pardee RAND graduate students.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the protests against racial injustice informed the innovative and responsive approaches to this year's chair appointments. Pardee RAND leadership invited a select group of researchers, including all former Brown Faculty Chairs, to submit ideas for groundbreaking exploratory research.

Malcolm Williams spent a month in residence at Pardee RAND in 2019, meeting with and mentoring students in academic settings and through social activities.

Photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

Five innovative ideas, ranging from an examination of what's needed to eradicate the racial wealth gap in the United States to a workshop on the modern racial justice movement, were chosen to receive 2020 Brown Faculty Chair funding.

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