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Reed Political Science Professor to Work at Pentagon on International Affairs Fellowship


Portland, OR (May 17, 2012)--Alexander Montgomery, Reed College associate professor of political science, will spend the next academic year working at the Pentagon in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in Nuclear Security. He will influence the creation of policy in the areas of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense. The fellowship is sponsored by the Stanton Foundation.

The International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) program began in 1967 to serve as a bridge between researchers and policymakers. This is the first year the program has included a fellow in nuclear security. The IAF gives academics access to the process of interpretation and creation of policy, and governmental policymakers access to the most up-to-date research. Montgomery’s research interests include political organizations, social networks, and weapons of mass disruption and destruction. He has published articles on dismantling proliferation networks, the perils of predicting proliferation, and the effects of social networks of international organizations on interstate conflict.

Montgomery will be working under Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Rebecca Hersman. Hersman is responsible for establishing policies and guidance to protect US fighters against chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attacks. She also represents the Department on counter proliferation and non-proliferation policy issues, including the Biological Weapons Convention, Chemical Weapons Convention, and Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, as well as the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program.

Montgomery has a BA in physics from the University of Chicago, an MA in energy and resources from University of California at Berkeley, and an MA in sociology and a PhD in political science from Stanford University. He has been teaching at Reed College since 2006. He will be on sabbatical following his fellowship and hopes to use that time to write a book about what he learned during his fellowship.