Randell (Randy) Torno

Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa (but I’ve called Dallas home since 1990)

Degrees: Master of Public Policy, University of Texas at Dallas (2015);
MA – Radio, TV and Film Studies, University of North Texas (1994);
BA – Journalism, University of South Dakota (1986)
Current Academic Pursuit: PhD in Public Policy and Political Economy —
Concentrating on the Political Economy of Peacekeeping
Expected Graduation Date: 2018

UT Dallas Achievements & Activities

  • Member of Phi Kappa Phi
  • Maintain a 3.744 GPA

Deciding on Public Policy and Political Economy

After my final assignment as the Chief of Office of Security Cooperation, US Embassy to Ethiopia (my final military tour of duty) and my retirement from the Army, I took a contract training peacekeeping troop contingents for the United Nations through the US State Department’s African Contingency Operations Training Assistance (ACOTA) program. I am pursuing my doctorate in order to capitalize on my military and civilian experience to help shape future policy regarding the most effective use of peacekeeping forces in resolving future conflicts.

My EPPS Success

My ability to read and retain at a very high rate, and a knack for turning seemingly complex issues into easier to understand concepts. That, and the “on the ground” experience I gained during my last few military assignments and the peacekeeping work.

Plans for the Future

After completing my doctorate, I plan to develop a consultancy to work with key stakeholders in developing successful peacekeeping strategies and policies.

Advice to Prospective EPPS Students

Read a lot! And not just the assigned readings… try to bring context to the subject of study.

Other Interests

I am a bit of a news junkie, I run (even though I’m not much of a runner), and I love to travel. And I like to take things apart and put them back together to see how they work.