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Nickolas Roth is a senior research associate at the Project on Managing the Atom at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His research focuses on nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear security and the nuclear policy-making process.

Before coming to Harvard, he spent a decade in Washington, DC working on nuclear policy. He served as a policy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, where he wrote extensively about long-term US plans to modernize the US nuclear stockpile and its supporting industrial infrastructure. Roth also served as the program director for the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, where he helped create legislation to improve accountability and project management within the Department of Energy.

He has published dozens of articles and reports on a range of nuclear policy issues. His work has appeared in, or been cited by, newspapers around the world, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Asahi Shimbun, and Boston Globe.

Roth has received a Harvard Kennedy School Dean’s Award for his work on nuclear security. He is also a member-at-large for the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management’s Northeast Chapter. Roth has a BA in history from American University and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland.

Areas of Interest
  • Nuclear weapons policy, nuclear security, nuclear nonproliferation, arms control