Dr. Dafna Hochman Rand currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) where she is responsible for DRL’s work on Near Eastern Affairs and on Security and Human Rights. She previously served as the Deputy Director of Studies and the inaugural Leon E. Panetta Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Prior to joining CNAS, Dr. Rand served on the staff of the National Security Council and covered the Middle East and North Africa for Secretary Hillary Clinton's Policy Planning Staff. Earlier in her career, she served as a professional staff member on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and as Senator Frank R. Lautenberg's foreign affairs and defense legislative assistant.
Dr. Rand's academic work has focused on domestic political developments and international security in the Middle East and North Africa, including Roots of the Arab Spring: Contested Authority and Political Change in the Middle East (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013). She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from Columbia University, where she received the University's highest award for excellence in teaching. Dr. Rand received her A.B. from Harvard University.