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Lauren Samuelsen

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Lauren Samuelsen is a PhD student at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, specializing in international security. Prior to joining the program in 2020, she was a research manager at a financial services firm, where she conducted international regulatory compliance and public records research. Earlier in her career, she was a research assistant in the Unconventional Weapons and Technology division at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), where she was involved in projects on nuclear materials out of regulatory control and threats to civil aviation. Her current research interests include nuclear security and nonproliferation, especially within the nuclear energy industry. Lauren was the 2020 recipient of the Kelleher Fellowship for International Security Studies, and holds a master’s degree in Global Affairs and Human Security from the University of Baltimore, as well as a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Goucher College.