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James R. Schlesinger Professor of the Practice of Energy, National Security, and Foreign Policy

Matthew Bunn is James R. Schlesinger Professor of the Practice of Energy, National Security, and Foreign Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and faculty lead for the Project on Managing the Atom.  His research interests include nuclear theft and terrorism; nuclear proliferation and measures to control it; the future of nuclear energy and its fuel cycle; and policies to promote innovation in energy technologies. Before coming to Harvard, Bunn served as an adviser to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, as a study director at the National Academy of Sciences, and as editor of Arms Control Today. He is the author or co-author of more than 25 books and book-length technical reports (most recently Insider Threats), and over 150 articles in publications ranging from Science and Nuclear Technology to Foreign Policy and The Washington Post. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; a recipient of the American Physical Society's Joseph A. Burton Forum Award for "outstanding contributions in helping to formulate policies to decrease the risks of theft of nuclear weapons and nuclear materials"; and the recipient of the Hans A. Bethe Award from the Federation of American Scientists for "science in service to a more secure world."

Selected papers and other materials are available on his Personal Website

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Outside Professional Activities For Matthew Bunn

Member, Committee on International Security and Arms Control, National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Unpaid.

Member, Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Energy. Unpaid.

Member, Board of Directors, Arms Control Association.  Unpaid.

Member, Steering Committee, Fissile Material Working Group.  Unpaid.

Member, Advisory Committee, Nuclear Innovation Alliance.  Unpaid.

Consultant, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Paid.

Advisor, MacArthur Foundation. Paid.


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Environment & Energy
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International Relations & Security

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