Welton Chang is a psychology PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the Good Judgment Lab. His research interests include accountability systems, reasoning improvement, forecasting geopolitical events, and how decisions are made in public policy. From 2005-2014, he served as a Defense Department analyst and U.S. Army officer during which time he focused on Iraq, North Korea, China, and counter-terrorism. His overseas experience includes 21 months in Iraq and a year in South Korea. He sits on the boards of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding and the American Resilience Project. He is also a Truman National Security Fellow and co-direct’s Truman’s Philadelphia Chapter.
He is the author of two monographs on cyber warfare and how to measure the effectiveness of intelligence collection. He has published peer reviewed research in Judgment and Decision Making Journal and the Intelligence and National Security Journal. He has also published in professional journals such as Air and Space Power Journal, Small Wars Journal, the American Intelligence Journal and Military Review. He has written more than a dozen op-eds for outlets such as U.S. News and World Report, the veteran’s magazine Task & Purpose, Inside Sources, C4ISR Journal, and the Federal Times, and his work has been syndicated in local newspapers as well as in Business Insider.
Welton earned a B.A. in Government, cum laude and with departmental high honors, from Dartmouth College, an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University, and an M.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.