Dr. Anne Harrington

Cardiff, Wales, UK

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Contributor Since 17 September 2019

Anne is an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Cardiff University in Wales, UK. Since earning her PhD from the University of Chicago in 2010, she has held academic fellowships at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Relations at Monterey, and the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zürich. In 2013-2014, she worked for the US Congress as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, first as a National Security Fellow in the office of Senator Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY) and then at the Congressional Research Service. Her research interests, located at the nexus of international relations and science and technology studies, include nuclear deterrence, disarmament and nonproliferation, cybersecurity, the evolution of military strategy and tactics, and women in combat.


Mentor Background

What is your area of expertise?

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

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

    I became interested in nuclear issues because they raise interesting questions on three different levels: policy, theory, and epistemology. First, they raise knotty policy problems that sit at the intersection of technology and politics. Second, nuclear weapons creates all sorts of problems for theories of international relations, and raise interesting questions about the nature of power and its relationship to violence. Finally, they confront humans with epistemological questions about the nature of existence and what it means to be able to destroy life on earth as we know it. The multi-layered complexity of nuclear issues creates opportunities for me to work at the intersection of academia and policy, with the potential for my scholarship to have real-world impacts.

    What was your career path to get here?

    I pursued a PhD in Political Science and then held postdocs that gave me specialized access to policymakers in the nuclear field.

    Why should the public care?

    Nuclear strategy and nonproliferation is an issue that impacts all of us.

    What is a current issue or trend that concerns you?

    The future of the Nonproliferation Regime.

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

    Nuclear nonproliferation.


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