James Kahan

jim_as_professorJames Paul Kahan is mathematical social psychologist with more than 30 years experience in policy analys and policy evaluation, foresight, living in Oregon, USA, has been working with Maarten since October 1999 and associated with GNKS since November 2006, Professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and private advisor, consultant, and mentor in Oregon. From 1994 to 2005, he was the Director of Research at RAND Europe, Leiden the Netherlands. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematical social psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in psychology from Reed College, Portland Oregon; in 2002, he was Distinguished Alumnus for the Department of Psychology at UNC and in 2005, he delivered the Commencement Address at Reed. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Jim has participated in and led a variety of projects in the policy areas of information technology, safety, environment, science and technology, health, drugs, criminal justice, education, transportation, governance, strategy analysis, military command-and-control, and Army training.

He is internationally known for innovations in many methods having to do with individual and group decision making, including seminar gaming, scenario techniques, Delphi techniques, focus groups, and foresight. He has published over 200 peerreviewed articles, books, book chapters and RAND monographs. In a prior academic career, Jim taught at the University of Southern California in the Department of Psychology, as well as year-long appointments as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Université d’Aix-en-Provence, France; (twice) Fellow-in-Residence at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS); and Visiting Professor at the University of Haifa, Israel; the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands; and the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.