Beau Kilmer is a Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation, where he codirects the RAND Drug Policy Research Center. He is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
His research is at the intersection of public health and public safety, with a special emphasis on crime control, substance use, illicit markets and public policy. His current projects include assessing the consequences of alternative marijuana policies; measuring the effect of 24/7 sobriety programs on drunk driving, domestic violence and mortality; and evaluating other innovative programs intended to reduce crime. Kilmer's articles have appeared in leading journals such as American Journal of Public Health, The Lancet Psychiatry, New England Journal of Medicine and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. His commentaries have been published by CNN, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Newsweek, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and other outlets. His co-authored book on marijuana legalization was published by Oxford University Press and the second edition released in 2016. He serves as an assistant editor for Addiction and is a Trustee of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy. Kilmer received a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Public Service Award for “leadership and innovation in the areas of alcohol and drug-impaired driving program and policy research” and his co-authored work on 24/7 sobriety received honorable mention for the Behavioural Exchange Award for Outstanding Research. Before earning his doctorate at Harvard University, Kilmer received a Judicial Administration Fellowship that supported his work with the San Francisco Drug Court.