Our Scoville Fellow Luisa Kenausis was featured for a Q&A on her alma mater’s news site.
Q: How did you become interested in nuclear policy?
A: I started out in nuclear science, but I was not really in love with just the technical side. I thought it was interesting and challenging, and I’ve always loved to be challenged and it was one of the things I really liked about NSE, but it didn’t really ignite my passion. Then when I took my first class on nuclear weapons proliferation, with nuclear weapons historian Professor Frank Gavin, during my junior fall semester. That’s when I felt “wait, this is why I think nuclear science is so important”, this is so insane and such a huge issue, and it just seems like people aren’t thinking about it. So after I took that one class I added political science as my second major and built up my own little nuclear weapons-focused curriculum. I got into nuclear policy because I just didn’t understand why people weren’t really concerned about this. Read more