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Jonathan P. Caulkins

Jonathan P. Caulkins


H. Guyford Stever University Professor of Operations Research and Public Policy

Jonathan P. Caulkins is the H. Guyford Stever University Professor of Operations Research and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Dr. Caulkins specializes in systems analysis of problems pertaining to drugs, crime, terror, violence and prevention, worked that earned him the David Kershaw Award from the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, a Robert Wood Johnson Health Investigator Award and the INFORMS President’s Award.  Issues surrounding cannabis legalization have been a focus in recent years, and he recently co-authored the 2nd edition of his book Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press).  His other interests include optimal control, reputation and brand management, human trafficking, and black markets.  He has taught quantitative decision-making on four continents to students from 50 countries at every level from undergraduates to Ph.D. students and executive education. Dr. Caulkins has authored or co-authored more than 140 refereed articles and 10 books. He is a past Co-director of RAND's Drug Policy Research Center, founding Director of RAND’s Pittsburgh office and continues to work through RAND on a variety of projects. Dr. Caulkins received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in systems science from Washington University, an S.M. in electrical engineering and computer science and doctorate in operations research, both from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Courses Taught


  • 94-833 - Decision Analysis and Multicriteria Decision Making
  • 90-722 - Management Science I: Optimization & Multicriteria Methods
  • 90-760 - Management Science II

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