Rachel Whitlark is an Assistant Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She was previously a Post-doctoral Research Fellow with the Project on Managing the Atom and International Security Program at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She spent the 2013-2014 academic year as a pre-doctoral fellow also with the Belfer Center, and 2012-2013 as a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She earned her PhD in August 2014 from the Political Science Department at the George Washington University.
Her interests lie in international security and foreign policy decision making and her research focuses on nuclear proliferation, U.S. grand strategy, and threat perception. Rachel’s book manuscript explores how state leaders decide to use preventive military force as a counter-proliferation strategy against adversarial nuclear programs. Her publications have appeared in Survival and International Studies Perspectives. She is a member of the Nuclear Scholars Initiative at CSIS, a participant with the Public Policy and Nuclear Threats program at IGCC. She received a master’s degree from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree also from George Washington. Prior to beginning her PhD, Rachel worked in a variety of capacities in the Los Angeles office of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. She is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.