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Lauren Sukin, Ph.D. Candidate


Graduate Student

Stanford University

Country: United States (California)

About Me:

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University.In my research, I examine issues of international security, focusing on the role of nuclear weapons in international politics. Specifically, I am interested in analyzing how nuclear states communicate credibility and enforce commitments in three contexts: 1) demonstrations of resolve, 2) crisis escalation, and 3) nuclear nonproliferation. My dissertation studies demonstrations of resolve in the context of U.S. extended deterrence on the Korean Peninsula. While most previous work in the nuclear policy realm has been limited by studying very few cases at the state level, I use large-N survey experiments, computational text analysis of archival sources, and tools for small-N causal inference to gain new insights on these topics. I couple these methods with detailed case studies and other qualitative approaches. My research agenda explores the dynamics of nuclear weapons, crisis politics, and conflict studies. In particular, I am interested in continuing to study these subjects in relation to pressing issues in contemporary U.S. foreign policy.I graduated from Brown University in 2016 with B.A.s in Political Science and Literary Arts.

Research Interests

Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear Proliferation

Nuclear Nonproliferation

Nuclear Deterrence

Nuclear Latency

Nuclear Non-Use

Nuclear Politics

International Security

International Cooperation

International Relations

International Law & Organization

Just War Thinking

Interstate Wars


Armed Conflict

Countries of Interest

United States

South Korea

North Korea

My Research:

Find more information about my research projects at laurensukin.com and on my C.V.