Nuclear policy scholar Dr. Sara Z. Kutchesfahani joined CISSM as a Research Associate this spring. In addition to her research on a range of nuclear policy topics, including fissile material security, nuclear governance, nonproliferation, and arms control, Kutchesfahani will also be teaching at the School of Public Policy as an adjunct professor.
“Sara brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her work as a nuclear policy researcher and instructor, and has already been an asset to CISSM and School of Public Policy students,” says CISSM Director Nancy Gallagher.
Kutchesfahani is currently a senior policy analyst at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation and the senior program coordinator for the Fissile Materials Working Group (FMWG), where she focuses on efforts to reduce the risk of nuclear proliferation and terrorism. She was previously the Executive Director for the Center for International Trade and Security and the Director for the Master of International Policy (MIP) Program at the University of Georgia, where she worked on nuclear security-related projects and nuclear non-proliferation policy issues, and taught graduate courses on nuclear non-proliferation history and the global nuclear order.
She has held research positions at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the RAND Corporation, the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. She holds a PhD in Political Science from University College, London, and is the author of Politics and the Bomb: The Role of Experts in the Creation of Creation of Cooperative Nuclear Non-Proliferation Agreements (Routledge: 2014). Her second book, Global Nuclear Order, is due to be published by Routledge later this year.