Alumni Profile

Susan Marquis
Susan Marquis
Dean, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Vice President, Emerging Policy Research and Methods, RAND Corporation
PhD, Class of 1995

Dr. Marquis is the Dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School and the Vice President, Emerging Policy Research and Methods for the RAND Corporation. In the latter role, Dr. Marquis oversees and guides RAND’s internal research and development and intellectual property management efforts. As dean, she leads the largest public policy Ph.D. program in the United States, a school that teaches the analytic tools and methods essential to policy analysis.  

From 2002-2008, Dr. Marquis served as corporate officer and operational vice president of LMI, a not-for-profit government consulting firm dedicated to improving public management.  In that capacity, she was responsible for developing and managing the resource management research and consulting practice; was the lead officer for corporate thought leadership and outreach, brand definition, and enhancement; and led strategic recruiting efforts.
 
From 1997 to 2002, Dr. Marquis was with the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, first as the Deputy Director of their Assessment Division, and then as Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Resources, Requirements and Assessments).  In the latter capacity, she helped lead the development of the U.S. Navy's strategic plan and multiyear budget of $100 billion a year.  Dr. Marquis served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense:  from 1994 to 1997 as Director, Planning and Analytic Support Division and Director, Information Management and Analysis Group, both within Program Analysis and Evaluation (now Cost Analysis and Program Evaluation); and from 1989 to 1994 as an operations research analyst.  From 1987 to 1989, Dr. Marquis was a program analyst for the Army Chief of Staff as a Presidential Management Intern.  
 
Dr. Marquis is currently chair of the Advisory Council of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Economics of National Security Association and the Council on Foreign Relations.  She has authored several articles as well as the book, "Unconventional Warfare:  Rebuilding U.S. Special Operations Forces," published by the Brookings Institution Press.  Dr. Marquis has recently begun research in the area of food and agricultural policy.
 
Susan has a B.A. in history from Rutgers College, and an M.P.A. and Ph.D. in public and international affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.