Nancy Staudt is Vice President of Innovation at RAND Corporation and Frank and Marcia Carlucci Dean of Pardee RAND Graduate School. She started her tenure there in the fall of 2021.

A nationally recognized scholar in tax, tax policy, and empirical legal studies, Staudt previously served as the dean and Howard and Caroline Cayne Distinguished Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. During her tenure, the law school moved up in national rankings to No. 16 and raised more than $100 million to increase scholarships for students, extend the school’s clinical and experiential programming, and expand the number of named professorships. She has been lauded for her efforts to advance diversity and promote a more inclusive campus environment there.

Prior to Washington University, Staudt served as vice dean for faculty and academic affairs at the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California (USC) and was the inaugural holder of the Edward G. Lewis Chair in Law and Public Policy. She also served as the founding codirector of USC’s Schwarzenegger Institute of State and Global Policy.

Staudt is the coeditor of The Crisis of Race in Higher Education, a 2017 collection of writings devoted to the issue of access, bias, and opportunity in university settings, and helped launch a statewide taskforce on racial justice.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University, a doctorate in public policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, and a JD from the University of Minnesota.

Staudt joined the Board of Trustees of Claremont Graduate University in 2022.