New Era Fellow
Rachel Whitlark is an Assistant Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to her appointment at Georgia Tech, she was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Project on Managing the Atom and International Security Program within the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She was also a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard and a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program. Her book, All Options on the Table: Nuclear Proliferation, Preventive War, and a Leader’s Decision to Intervene investigates American and Israeli decision-making regarding the use of preventive military force as a counter-proliferation strategy. The book relies on archival research and other qualitative research methods to investigate the role that leader’s prior beliefs play in the decision to consider and use military force to forestall adversarial proliferation.
Beyond the above work on preventive war and foreign policy decision-making, Whitlark has conducted research on nuclear proliferation and counter-proliferation, nuclear latency – the precursor technology central to a state’s ability to acquire either nuclear weapons or civilian nuclear energy, the use of scenarios for methodological and pedagogical purposes, and a variety of contemporary U.S. and international foreign policy challenges. Her work has been published in such journals as Security Studies, International Studies Quarterly, and International Studies Perspectives, as well as in policy journals including The Washington Quarterly, Texas National Security Review, and Survival. She offers policy contributions by addressing current and future challenges and her commentary and analysis have appeared in online outlets including War On the Rocks, The Duck of Minerva, The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, and TheWeek.com. Her research has been supported by grants from the Stanton Foundation, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Israel Foundation, and the Georgia Institute of Technology, among others. She has been a member of the Nuclear Scholars Initiative at CSIS, a participant with the Public Policy and Nuclear Threats program at IGCC, and a fellow with the Bridging the Gap Project’s New Era Conference on Foreign Policy. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the George Washington University, a master's degree from Stanford University, and a bachelor's degree also from George Washington. Prior to beginning her Ph.D., 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.