RAND Summer Associate Cohort 2022

Since 1960, outstanding graduate students have been introduced to RAND through the Graduate Student Summer Associate Program. The program has recruited more than 1,400 students from more than 100 graduate programs across the United States and abroad. Summer associates have gone on to become thought leaders in government, the private sector, and academia—and many are currently employed at RAND. This year, we are pleased to welcome 55 summer associates with a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences.

adi rao

Adi Rao

Adi (he/him) will work in Defense and Political Sciences (DPS), with Doug Ligor and Bruce McClintock on a project in RAND Project AIR FORCE (PAF). He is pursuing a Ph.D. in international relations at Cornell University. Adi's research interests include space security, cyber conflict, and quantitative methods.

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Alyson Harding

Alyson (she/her) will work in Behavioral and Policy Sciences (BPS), with Melissa Finucane and Noreen Clancy on a project in the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC). She is pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental health science at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Alyson's research interests include public health, epidemiology, global climate change, natural hazards, and disaster recovery operations.

amy burnett cross

Amy Burnett Cross

Amy (she/her) will work in Economics, Sociology, and Statistics (ESS), with Ray Conley and Kim Hall on a project in PAF and Sina Beaghley and Jessica Paige on a project in the RAND National Security Research Division (NSRD). She is pursuing a Ph.D. in economics at American University. Amy's research interests include military women, women workers, occupational segregation, economic history, and gender in the economy.

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Ana Rivera

Ana (she/her) will work in Engineering and Applied Sciences (EAS), with Scott Stephenson and Abbie Tingstad on a project in RAND Social and Economic Well-Being (SEW). She is pursuing a Ph.D. in geography at Michigan State University. Ana's research interests include geographic information systems, global climate change, natural hazards, racial equity, and community resilience.

anvita bhardwaj

Anvita Bhardwaj

Anvita (she/her) will work in BPS, with Lori Uscher-Pines and Glenn Wagner on a project in RAND Health Care. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in global mental health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Anvita's research interests include psychiatric epidemiology, global mental health, mixed-methods research, and psychometric measurement.

Ashley Khor

Ashley (she/her) will work in BPS, with Chad Ohlandt on a project in NSRD. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in public administration/public policy at University of Pittsburgh. Ashley's research interests include technology policy, big data and artificial intelligence, and mixed methods.

chavda bhakti

Bhakti Chavda

Bhakti (she/her) will work in BPS, with Peter Mendel and Shira Fischer on a project in RAND Health Care. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in health communication at Purdue University. Bhakti's research interests include health care decisionmaking, mixed methods research, global/international health, health equity, vaccines, and health intervention design and evaluation.

bineh ndefru

Bineh Ndefru

Bineh (she/her) will work in EAS, with Brien Alkire, Yuliya Shokh and Jonathan Brosmer on a project in PAF. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in engineering at University of California Los Angeles. Bineh's research interests include energy system reliability, statistical risk analysis, climate change resilience, and renewable energy integration.

brandon debruhl

Brandon De Bruhl

Brandon (he/him) will work in EAS, with Stephanie Young on a project in PAF. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in international relations (policy, planning, and development) at University of Southern California with a certificate in data science. Brandon's research interests include public budgets, technology, synthetic control, and Space and Air Force policy. He is a returning Summer Associate.

caitlin charles

Caitlin Charles

Caitlin (she/her) will work in ESS, with Nelson Lim and Miriam Matthews on a project in PAF and Meagan Cahill and Melissa Labriola on a project in SEW. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology at Louisiana State University. Caitlin's research interests include family violence, criminology, social psychology, race and identity, and mixed-methods research.

candace sticklane

Candace Strickland

Candace (she/her) will work in DPS, with Dic Donohue on a project in HSOAC. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in justice, law, and criminology at American University in political violence and justice studies. Candace's research interests include U.S. counterterrorism policy, military and defense strategies, homeland security, and mixed-methods research.

carlton haelig

Carlton Haelig

Carlton (he/him) will work in DPS, with Chris Mouton on a project in NSRD. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in security studies at Princeton University. Carlton's research interests include international security, strategy, military operations, and military innovation.

Casey Mahoney

Casey (he/him) will work inDPS, with Bryan Frederick and Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga on a project in the Arroyo Center (RAND Army Research Division). He is pursuing a Ph.D. in international relations at University of Pennsylvania. Casey's research interests include alliances, national security, and military strategy and emerging technology.

chancey herbolsheimer

Chancey Herbolsheimer

Chancey (she/they) will work in ESS, with Julia Rollison on a project in SEW. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology at Vanderbilt University. Chancey's research interests include health disparities, reproduction, deviance, mixed methods, and longitudinal models.

chelsea jones

Chelsea Jones

Chelsea (she/her) will work in DPS, with Jessica Paige and Benjamin Boudreaux on a project in HSOAC. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in political science at University of California Los Angeles. Chelsea's research interests include voting rights, Black socio-cultural institutions, social policy inequity, and political geography.

Chris Dictus

Chris (he/him) will work in DPS, with Rich Girven and Sina Beaghley on a project in NSRD. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in international relations at University of Virginia. Chris's research interests include intelligence, national security decisionmaking, and qualitative case studies. He is a returning Summer Associate.

eli talbert

Eli Talbert

Eli (he/him) will work in BPS, with Sarah Denton and Dwayne Butler on a project in NSRD and Nelson Lim and Miriam Matthews on a project in PAF. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in education at University of Virginia. Eli's research interests include psychometric measurement, survey design and analysis, quasi-experimental evaluation, diversity, and human capital development.

Gilad Wenig

Gilad (he/him) will work in DPS, with Carrie Farmer and Rajeev Ramchand on a project in RAND Education and Labor (E&L). He is pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology at University of California Los Angeles. Gilad's research interests include civil-military relations, the Middle East, and veteran politics.

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Graham DiGuiseppi

Graham (he/him) will work in BPS, with Joan Tucker and Michael Dunbar on a project in SEW. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in social work at University of Southern California. Graham's research interests include substance use, homelessness, emerging adulthood, social network analysis, and structural equation modeling.

Hana Gebremariam

Hana Gebremariam

Hana (she/her) will work in ESS, with Melanie Zaber and Elizabeth Steiner on a project in E&L. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology at Temple University. Hana's research interests include health equity, mental health, higher education, and race and racism.

helin hernandez

Helin Hernandez

Helin (she/her) will work in ESS, with Carolyn Rutter and Trupti Brahmbhatt on a project in NSRD. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in biostatistics at University of Iowa. Helin's research interests include infectious disease modeling, spatio-temporal modeling, Bayesian statistics, longitudinal analysis, and educational and healthcare applications.

jasmin kennard

Jasmin Kennard

Jasmin (she/her) will work in EAS, with Jared Mondschein on a project in HSOAC. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in engineering at Cornell University. Jasmin's research interests include nanotechnology, physics, science and technology legislation, science, technology and innovation policy, and emerging technologies.

jordan ernstsen

Jordan Ernstsen

Jordan (he/him) will work in DPS, with Kristen Gunness and Bryan Frederick on a project in PAF. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in international relations at University of Utah. Jordan's research interests include security studies, alliance politics, grand strategy, and quantitative methods.

josh williams

Josh Williams

Josh (he/him) will work in EAS, with Matt Walsh on a project in PAF. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. Josh's research interests include fair machine learning, explainable AI, data analysis, and societal implications of AI.

joshua ash

Joshua Ash

Joshua (he/him) will work in DPS, with Aaron Strong and Aimee Curtright on a project in E&L and Noreen Clancy on a project in HSOAC. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in public policy and international affairs at University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Joshua's research interests include environmental law and policy, energy transition, and public participation in environmental governance.

Josh Becker

Josh (he/him) will work in EAS, with Ben Miller and Doug Ligor on a project in NSRD. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in occupational safety and health at Capitol Technology University. Joshua's research interests include aviation safety, occupational health and safety, and airline policy.

kelly bevan

Kelly Beavan

Kelly (she/her) will work in ESS, with Alyssa Demus and Elizabeth Bodine-Baron on a project in PAF. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology at University of Maryland College Park. Kelly's research interests include social influence, organizational leadership, survey design and analysis, and mixed methodology.

kun li

Kun Li

Kun (she/her) will work in BPS, with Ashley Kranz and Justin Timbie on a project in RAND Health Care. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in health policy at George Washington University. Kun's research interests include health care financing, health care payment reform, safety-net providers, and immunization policy.

lauren covelli

Lauren Covelli

Lauren (she/her) will work in BPS, with Fatih Unlu and Isaac Opper on a project in E&L. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in education policy at Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education and Human Development. Lauren's research interests include measuring school quality, applied microeconomics, educational inequity, and K–12 accountability.

marcella morris

Marcella Morris

Marcella (she/her) will work in DPS, with Alyssa Demus and Elizabeth Bodine-Baron on a project in PAF. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in political science at Emory University. Marcella's research interests include civil war termination and postwar institution building.

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Mateo Dulce Rubio

Mateo (he/him) will work in ESS, with Mike Vermeer and Dulani Woods on a project in SEW. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in statistics and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Mateo's research interests include statistical modeling, public safety, and human rights.

melissa davoust

Melissa Davoust

Melissa (she/her) will work in BPS, with Julia Rollison on a project in SEW. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in health services research at Boston University. Melissa's research interests include program evaluation, HIV/AIDS, substance use, implementation science, and qualitative methods.

michael applegarth

Michael Applegarth

Michael (he/him) will work in BPS, with Stephanie Holliday on a project in SEW. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in social welfare at University of California Los Angeles. Michael's research interests include reentry, mental health, desistance, and community supervision.

mike fitzpatrick

Michael Fitzpatrick

Michael (he/him) will work in DPS, with Joshua Klimas and Michael Linick on a project in the Arroyo Center (RAND Army Research Division). He is pursuing a Ph.D. in history at Ohio University. Michael's research interests include military history, post-Vietnam, U.S. Army, Bundeswehr, and doctrine.

Nadia Almasalkhi

Nadia Almasalkhi

Nadia (she/her) will work in ESS, with Jeffrey Martini and Daniel Egel on a project in RAND International. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology at University of California-Berkeley. Nadia's research interests include Middle East, migration, transnational diasporas, democratization, and immigration policy.

nicholas blanchette

Nicholas Blanchette

Nicholas (he/him) will work in DPS, with Andrew Stravers and Elina Treyger on a project in PAF. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in political science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Nicholas's research interests include nuclear security, alliance management, military innovation, and intelligence analysis.

patrick hulme

Patrick Hulme

Patrick (he/him) will work in DPS, with Miranda Priebe on a project in NSRD. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in political science at University of California San Diego. Patrick's research interests include congressional war powers, grand strategy, East Asia, and national security decisionmaking.

phillip decastro

Philip de Castro

Philip (he/him) will work in EAS, with Brad DeBlois and James Leftwich on a project in PAF. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematical sciences at Clemson University. Philip's research interests include multicriteria decision analysis, set-valued optimization, multiobjective optimization, operations research, and supply chain management.

p’trice jones

P'trice Jones

P'trice (she/her) will work in BPS, with Stephanie Holliday on a project in SEW. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in criminology at University of California Irvine. P'trice's research interests include racial disparities, sexual victimization, policing, and gender and crime.

rebecca smith

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca (she/her) will work in BPS, with Andrea Richardson and Tamara Dubowitz on a project in SEW. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in public administration/public policy at University of Southern California. Rebecca's research interests include spatial inequality, housing policy, community access, and neighborhood change.

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Regena Pauketat

Regena (she/her) will work in BPS, with Julia Kaufman and Elaine Wang on a project in E&L. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in educational policy, organizations, and leadership at University of Washington Seattle. Regena's research interests include teacher retention, teacher diversity, qualitative and mixed methodology research, working conditions, and the teaching pipeline.

richard harry

Richard Harry

Richard (he/him) will work in EAS, with Jonathan Roberts on a project in the Arroyo Center (RAND Army Research Division). He is pursuing a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering at Tuskegee University. Richard's research interests include intelligent systems, smart devices, and emission policies.

rosa rossi goldthorpe

Rosa Rossi-Goldthorpe

Rosa (she/her) will work in EAS, with Jason Etchegaray and Miriam Matthews on a project in the Arroyo Center (RAND Army Research Division). She is pursuing a Ph.D. in neuroscience at Yale University. Rosa's research interests include computational modeling, disinformation, extreme beliefs, deception, and decisionmaking.

sally ayuk

Sally Ayuk

Sally (she/her) will work in EAS, with Timothy Bonds and Mary Lee on a project in NSRD. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in urban planning and public policy at University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). Sally's research interests include housing disparity and equity, GIS modeling, telecom routing specialist, public transit innovations, and health disparity.

Samuel Seitz

Samuel (he/him) will work in DPS, with Jonathan Wong on a project in the Arroyo Center (RAND Army Research Division). He is pursuing a Ph.D. in international relations at University of Oxford. Samuel's research interests include military force planning, nuclear strategy, and alliances.

sara harmouch

Sara Harmouch

Sara (she/her) will work in DPS, with Daniel Egel on a project in RAND International and Adam Grissom and Natalie Crawford on a project in PAF. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in justice, law, and criminology at American University in political violence and justice studies. Sara's research interests include international security, terrorist networks, alliances between armed non-state actors, Middle East politics, and mixed-methods research.

sarah dobie

Sarah Dobie

Sarah (she/her) will work in BPS, with David Luckey on a project in HSOAC. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning at University of Michigan. Sarah's research interests include disasters, climate change, resilience, and national security.

Seth Warner

Seth (he/him) will work in DPS, with Meagan Cahill and Sam Peterson on a project in SEW. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in political science at The Pennsylvania State University. Seth's research interests include political polarization, race and politics, LGBTQ politics, survey methods, and computational methods.

stephanie kathan

Stephanie Kathan

Stephanie (she/her) will work in BPS, with Laurie Martin and Tom Trail on a project in NSRD. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in social work at University of California Los Angeles. Stephanie's research interests include mixed-methods research, child development, parenting, and social services.

Steven Cassidy

Steven Cassidy

Steven (he/him) will work in ESS, with Sina Beaghley and Quentin Hodgson on a project in NSRD. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology at Washington State University. Steven's research interests include military sociology, qualitative research, organizational structure/performance, military/organizational culture, and militarization.

steven koller

Steven Koller

Steven (he/him) will work in ESS, with Noreen Clancy and Ben Miller on a project in HSOAC. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental science and policy at University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Steven's research interests include climate change risks, flood mitigation policy design, and statistical analysis.

tangier davis

Tangier Davis

Tangier (she/her) will work in BPS, with Sarah Denton and Dwayne Butler on a project in NSRD. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology at University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Tangier's research interests include equity, workplace climate, and intersectional theory.

Thomas Deen

Thomas (he/him) will work in DPS, with David Luckey on a project in HSOAC. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in international relations at University of Georgia. Thomas's research interests include national security, counterterrorism, information warfare, hybrid warfare, mixed methods, and post-Soviet states. He is a returning Summer Associate.

zach burdette

Zachary Burdette

Zachary (he/him) will work in DPS, with Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga and Jacob Heim on a project in PAF. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in political science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Zachary's research interests include U.S. foreign policy, international security, and defense planning. He is a returning Summer Associate.

zahra mousavi

Zahra Mousavi

Zahra (she/her) will work in BPS, with Tamara Dubowitz, Liz D'Amico, and Wendy Troxel on a project in SEW. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology at University of California Irvine. Zahra's research interests include sleep health disparities, social relationships, and early life adversity.