Amy Sands
Nuclear disarmament, Nuclear non-proliferation, Policy, History






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Contributor Since 16 June 2022

Most recently Amy Sands has worked at the Middlebury Institue of International International Studies. Over the last 30-35 years, Amy has worked as a researcher and policy activist for non-proliferation, disarmament and arms control. 

Mentor Background

What is your area of expertise?

  • Nuclear disarmament
  • Nuclear non-proliferation
  • Policy
  • History
  • Are you interested in mentoring high school or college students, or both?

  • High School Students
  • College Students
  • How did you become interested in this area?

    A few years before finishing her PhD, Amy got a job at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. At this job she really felt her passion grow. 

    What was your career path to get here?

    After graduate school, Amy wanted to move around the US and try working in different parts of it. She moved to California to pursue her job at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the "Z division" (intelligence program and research). After 12 years, Amy moved to Washington to work at the Clinton administration (arms control). Two years later, Amy moved to the Center of Non-proliferation Studies in Monterey Institute of International Studies where she spent the next 20 years of her career. 

    Why should the public care?

    Amy says that it is hard to get the public to care because they will only start caring when a horrendous event happens. She believes that countries having nuclear weapons in their arsenal creates a huge threat to our safety. 

    What is a current issue or trend that concerns you?

    Climate change and the inability of humans to come together and acknowledge that this is a big issue. 

    Would you be willing to speak to a classroom about your work?


    What themes or topics would you be interested in lecturing or discussing with a class?

    • Strategic issues
    • Historical concerns 
    • Intelligence analysis

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