Matthew Bunn

Professor of Practice
Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Office Address
Belfer-325
Mailing Address
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 54
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Contact
Phone: 617-495-9916
Fax: 617-495-8963
Email: matthew_bunn@Harvard.Edu
Assistant
Melissa Kappotis (617-496-2312)
Matthew Bunn

Profile

Matthew Bunn is a Professor of Practice at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. 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."

Courses

Fall

  • IGA-232 Controlling the World's Most Dangerous Weapons

Year

  • IGA-150Y Seminar: International and Global Affairs

Media Expertise

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Research

For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Commentary
    • Bunn, Matthew. "Looking Back and Looking Forward on the Iran Deal." The Hill, September 2, 2015.
    • Bunn, Matthew. "Making Life Harder for Iran's Bomb Advocates." National Interest, August 7, 2015.
    • Bunn, Matthew. "Don't Weaken Our Defenses Against Nuclear Smuggling." The Hill, May 20, 2015.
    • Bunn, Matthew. "Blocking an Iranian Bomb." National Interest, April 5, 2015.
    • Bunn, Matthew. "The Real Nuclear Nightmare When it Comes to U.S.-Russian Ties." National Interest, January 24, 2015.
  • Research Papers/Reports
    • Bunn, Matthew, Martin B. Malin, Nickolas Roth, and William H. Tobey. "Preventing Nuclear Terrorism: Continuous Improvement or Dangerous Decline?" Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, March 21, 2016.
    • Bunn, Matthew, Hui Zhang, and Li Kang. "The Cost of Reprocessing in China." Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, January 2016.
    • Carnesale, Albert, Matthew Bunn, John Deutch, Gary Samore, et al. "Secretary of Energy Advisory Board: Report of the Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation." Report for the U.S. Department of Energy, March 2015.
    • Bunn, Matthew, Nickolas Roth and William H. Tobey. "Cutting Too Deep: The Obama Administration’s Proposals for Nuclear Security Spending Reductions." Report for Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, July 2014.
    • Carlson, John, James Fuller, Kelsey Hartigan, Matthew Bunn, et al. "Verifying Baseline Declarations of Nuclear Warheads and Materials." Report for the Nuclear Threat Initiative, July 2014.
    • Bunn, Matthew, and Scott Sagan. "A Worst Practices Guide to Insider Threats: Lessons from Past Mistakes." Report for American Academy of Arts and Sciences, April 2014.
    • Bunn, Matthew, Martin B. Malin, Nickolas Roth, and William H. Tobey. "Advancing Nuclear Security: Evaluating Process and Setting New Goals." Report for Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, March 2014.
    • Bunn, Matthew, and Eben Harrell. "Threat Perceptions and Drivers of Change in Nuclear Security Around the World: Results of a Survey." Report for Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, March 2014.
  • Reviews
    • Bunn, Matthew, and Venkatesh Narayanamurti. Review of Transforming US Energy Innovation, ed. Anadon, Laura Diaz. 2016: 2.
    • Bunn, Matthew. Review of Unmaking the Bomb: A Fissile Material Approach to Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation, by Harold A. Feiveson, Alexander Glaser, Zia Mian, and Frank N. von Hippel. Physics Today, May 2015: 50.

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