Policy Experts

Ian Adams, Senior Fellow
Ian is responsible for coordinating R Street’s outreach and engagement at the state and local level. He also is involved in the institute's insurance research, matters related to next-generation transportation and is a frequent commentator on the disruptive impact of burgeoning technologies on law and regulation.
Nila Bala, Senior Fellow
Nila develops policy to advance reforms in juvenile justice and economic justice, including reducing barriers ex-offenders face in returning to society.
Don Brown, Senior Fellow
Senior fellow with the R Street Institute's Florida insurance project. He is a former state representative in the Florida House of Representatives.
Casey Burgat, Senior Fellow
Casey researches and writes about congressional capacity and ways to make the First Branch of government work better.
Jonathan Coppage, Senior Fellow
Jonathan researches urbanism and the built environment, especially the ways in which government regulations distort and inhibit the building of flourishing communities and civil-society institutions.
Marian Currinder, Senior Fellow
Marian is a senior fellow with the R Street Institute's Governance Project and editor of its LegBranch.com website.
Christian Cámara, Senior Fellow
Christian's work focuses on insurance and alcohol reform in Florida.
C. Jarrett Dieterle, Senior Fellow
Jarrett oversees the commercial freedom, postal, labor, and disintermediation policy programs at R Street. His research and writing centers around regulatory affairs, alcohol policy, occupational licensing and commercial freedom issues.
Charles Duan, Senior Fellow
Charles works with the technology team on projects and papers, providing research and insight on intellectual property issues.
Mike Godwin, Senior Fellow
Mike is a distinguished senior fellow focused on the areas of patent and copyright reform, surveillance reform, technology policy, freedom of expression and global internet policy.
Zach Graves, Senior Fellow
Zach oversees R Street's tech program, which engages on issues that include intellectual property, cybersecurity, surveillance, cryptocurrency, privacy, the sharing economy, transparency and open data.
Steven Greenhut, Senior Fellow
Steven is responsible for overseeing R Street's efforts in California, Oregon, Washington state, Nevada, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii.
Devin Hartman, Senior Fellow
Devin researches and promotes competitive electricity markets, efficient energy innovation and environmental policies, and sensible electric rate designs.
Kevin Kosar, Senior Fellow
Kevin oversees all of the institute's research across its commercial freedom, criminal justice, energy and environment, financial markets, governance, income mobility, innovation policy, insurance and public health policy programs.
R.J. Lehmann, Senior Fellow
R.J. oversees the institute's research into effective and efficient regulation of financial services and the benefits of the international rules-based trading system.
Josiah Neeley, Senior Fellow
Josiah leads the institute’s energy program, which works to advance a well-defined and limited role for government in shaping decisions about infrastructure, wholesale and retail electricity, research and development, fuel choice and diversity, and climate adaptation and mitigation. He also leads the institute’s work on legislation and issues affecting Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Joel Nitzkin, Senior Fellow
Senior fellow with R Street's tobacco harm reduction project. Joel is a public health physician, board certified in preventive medicine, with a master’s degree in public health and a doctorate in public administration.
Alex J. Pollock, Senior Fellow
Alex provides thought and policy leadership on financial issues, broadly defined. These include understanding financial systems, cycles of booms and busts, financial crises, risk and uncertainty, central banking and the politics of finance.
Lars Powell, Senior Fellow
Lars is a senior fellow whose research focuses largely on insurer capitalization and the effects of regulation on insurance markets.
Megan Reiss, Senior Fellow
Megan writes about cybersecurity and other pressing national security issues.
Arthur Rizer, Senior Fellow
Arthur heads institute programs dealing with a variety of issues related to intelligence, national security, crime and policing.
Paul Rosenzweig, Senior Fellow
Paul works on legal and policy issues relating to cybersecurity and tech policy, including the intersection of privacy and security.
Alan Smith, Senior Fellow
Alan leads R Street efforts in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky.
Lars Trautman, Senior Fellow
Lars Trautman is a criminal justice fellow at the R Street Institute, where he researches federal criminal justice reforms, over-criminalization, and ex-offender re-entry and recidivism.
Carrie Wade, Senior Fellow
Carrie is responsible for directing R Street's harm-reduction agenda, which offers policy analysis and real world solutions to public health issues like opioids and tobacco.
Philip Wallach, Senior Fellow
Philip conducts research on America's separation of powers and the relationship between Congress and the administrative state. He also follows a wide range of regulatory policy issues.
James Wallner, Senior Fellow
James is a member of R Street's Governance Project and Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group teams. He researches and writes about Congress, especially the Senate; the separation of powers; legislative procedure; and the federal policy process.
Nick Zaiac, Senior Fellow
As commercial freedom fellow, Nick's research and writing focus on postal, shipping, infrastructure, occupational licensing and other regulatory issues.
David Bahr, Policy Analyst
David works to connect R Street scholars with reporters, columnists, bloggers, editorial boards and television and radio producers.
Lauren Bouton, Policy Analyst
Lauren works with third-party groups from across the political spectrum, including launching a left-right coalition that attempts to bring groups together over policy issues and democratic norms.
Jonathan Haggerty, Policy Analyst
Jonathan's research centers on jail reform, prisoner reentry, national security, the sharing economy and civil liberties.
Nicolas John, Policy Analyst
Nicolas is responsible for educating state and local lawmakers and executive-branch officials throughout the Northeast about R Street policy positions on harm reduction and a variety of other topics.
Joe Kane, Policy Analyst
Joe works primarily on Internet, telecommunications, antitrust and intellectual property issues to push for regulatory frameworks that will promote long term innovation.
Jesse Kelley, Policy Analyst
Jesse supports R Street's criminal justice experts by traveling to states to help lawmakers implement effective public policies related to juvenile justice, post-conviction life and other related topics.
Caroline Kitchens, Policy Analyst
Caroline helps to manage R Street’s coalition efforts, as well as providing education and outreach to policymakers and their staff. She has written extensively about agriculture issues for R Street.
Sasha Moss, Policy Analyst
Sasha Moss handles outreach, coalition building and event coordination for R Street’s technology policy portfolio.
William Murray, Policy Analyst
Bill helps coordinate advancement of free-market solutions to solve difficult problems regarding energy and the environment. These issues include fuel choice diversity, climate change and conflicts over public lands.
Clark Packard, Policy Analyst
Clark conducts research on and develops trade policy. Additionally, Clark does outreach for the finance, insurance and trade department at R Street.
Easton Randall, Policy Analyst
Easton is responsible for bridging the gap between R Street fellows and decision-makers in Congress, promoting R Street’s ideas and finding ways to implement them into law.
Tom Struble, Policy Analyst
Tom leads R Street’s work on telecom, antitrust, privacy and data-security issues. His role also calls for him to meet with policymakers and stakeholders, file regulatory comments and amicus briefs, and write op-eds, coalition letters and white papers.
Caleb Watney, Policy Analyst
Caleb leads R Street’s work on emerging technologies, including autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, drones, robotics and medical tech.

Associate Fellows

Scott Atherley, Associate Fellow
A Ph.D. candidate in political science at George Mason University, his research focuses on congressional oversight, bureaucratic decision-making and methods of quantifying the administrative state.
Bruce Babcock, Associate Fellow
Bruce Babcock is an associate fellow at R Street and a professor of Public Policy at UC Riverside. His policy areas at R Street focus on agriculture and insurance.
Richard B. Belzer, Associate Fellow
An independent consultant in regulation, risk, economics and information quality.
Douglas J. Besharov, Associate Fellow
Douglas is the Norman and Florence Brody Professor at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy.
Ariel Cohen, Associate Fellow
The Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center Non-Resident Senior Fellow and as director of the Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics at the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security.
Ernst Csiszar, Associate Fellow
Adjunct faculty member and special assistant to the dean for the Risk and Uncertainty Management Initiative at the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business and former South Carolina insurance director
Cyril Draffin, Associate Fellow
Cyril's work focuses on cybersecurity for electric utilities, vehicles and other energy systems. He also evaluates solar, wind, coal, gas and nuclear energy systems, as well as information technology and defense strategies.
Holly Fretwell, Associate Fellow
Research fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center and an adjunct instructor of economics at Montana State University
Neil Gilbert, Associate Fellow
The Milton and Gertrude Chernin Professor of Social Welfare and Social Services at the University of California at Berkeley
Andrew Hanson, Associate Fellow
Associate professor of economics at Marquette University and former staff economist at the President's Council of Economic Advisers
Andrew Heaton, Associate Fellow
Standup comedian, writer and political satirist
Anne Hobson, Associate Fellow
Anne specializes in free-market approaches to emerging technologies, including virtual reality, artificial intelligence, the internet of things and the sharing economy.
Damon L. Jacobs, Associate Fellow
Damon is a licensed marriage and family therapist and HIV prevention specialist.
Derek Khanna, Associate Fellow
Associate in the intellectual property litigation practice of Fenwick & West.
Lynne Kiesling, Associate Fellow
Associate director of the Purdue University Research Center in Economics
Oren Litwin, Associate Fellow
Research analyst for the Middle East Forum.
Anthony J. Madonna, Associate Fellow
Associate professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Georgia
Lawrence Mirel, Associate Fellow
Vice president and director of government affairs with Goldwater-Taplin and former insurance, securities and banking commissioner of the District of Columbia
Todd Myers, Associate Fellow
Director of the Washington Policy Center’s Center for the Environment
John Norquist, Associate Fellow
The John M DeGrove Fellow at Florida Atlantic University, adjunct professor at the DePaul University Real Estate Program and former mayor of Milwaukee, Wis.
Brad Rodu, Associate Fellow
Endowed chair in tobacco harm reduction research at the University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center
Catrina Rorke, Associate Fellow
Catrina founded R Street's energy program and previously founded the energy program at the American Action Forum.
Tom Russo, Associate Fellow
President of Russo on Energy LLC, which specializes in energy infrastructure siting, NEPA environmental impact assessment, market analysis and energy training.
Molly Schwartz, Associate Fellow
Member of the steering committee for the Congressional Data Coalition and a Fulbright scholar.
Bernard Sharfman, Associate Fellow
Bernard is a member of the Journal of Corporation Law’s editorial advisory board. He writes extensively on corporate governance and law.
Vincent Smith, Associate Fellow
Professor of economics in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University
Sean Speer, Associate Fellow
Senior fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and a fellow at the University of Toronto School of Public Policy and Governance.
Steven Titch, Associate Fellow
Associate fellow focused on telecommunications, the Internet and information technology
Bill Watson, Associate Fellow
Bill focuses particularly on the role of technology in international trade, including such topics as intellectual property, intermediary liability and cybersecurity.