HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED AT THE CENTER?
Since September 2019.
WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
The best part is working with such passionate individuals who are also politically savvy. Everyone is very action-oriented, which is motivating when working on such a challenging subject.
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO WORK IN NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION?
The Iran nuclear negotiations took place throughout my college years, and my dual interest in international relations and physics led me to track the policy developments closely. At the time, the hedging capability of Iran’s civil nuclear program posed one of the greatest foreign policy challenges to the United States government and I found the technical nuances of Iran’s enrichment program fascinating. I gradually realized that nuclear issues had not been solved with the end of the Cold War and there was a desperate need for a new generation of nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security leaders. I want to join that cohort.
WHAT IS YOUR HOMETOWN?
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
WHAT COLLEGE DID YOU ATTEND AND WHAT DID YOU STUDY?
I attended American University in Washington, DC. I received a B.A. in International Studies & a B.S. in Physics
HOW DO YOU LIKE TO SPEND YOUR TIME AWAY FROM WORK?
I have played soccer since I was four and I continue to compete in regional leagues. I also spend time reading books, hanging out with friends and hiking.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO GO OR WHAT IS YOUR DREAM TRAVEL DESTINATION?
I suppose the heart wants what it can’t have, but I would love to hike and explore the cities in parts of Iran and Afghanistan.
IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ONE PERSON, LIVING OR DEAD, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
It would have to be Danish Physicist Niels Bohr. Bohr saw almost immediately the complementarity of the destructive power of a nuclear weapon and its ability to bridge international divergencies. I would love his thoughts on the state of arms control today.