Samuel M. Hickey is a PhD student at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy and the current recipient of the Catherine M. Kelleher Fellowship for International Security Studies at the Center for International & Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM). He is also the Paul A. Castleman Policy Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation (CACNP). Hickey's research is focused on the intersection of science and policy in the field of international security. Prior to beginning his PhD, Hickey was a research analyst at CACNP and served as the coordinator of the Fissile Materials Working Group and then as a term member on the International Nuclear Security Forum's advisory board. He was also a visiting researcher at the Arab Institute for Security Studies in Amman, Jordan studying the development of nuclear energy programs in the Middle East. Before that, he was an Adjunct Instructor of Physics at American University in Washington, D.C. His research has been published in Energy Research & Social Science. His policy commentary has also been published in War on the Rocks, Washington Post/Monkey Cage, the Diplomat Magazine, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Foreign Affairs and other outlets. Hickey received a dual degree from American University with a B.A. International Studies with a regional focus in the Middle East, and a B.S. in Physics.