Reid Pauly


Reid Pauly is a PhD candidate in Political Science and a member of the Security Studies Program. His research interests include nuclear proliferation, nuclear strategy, deterrence and assurance theory, wargaming, and Arctic security. His research has won awards from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Virginia Military Institute. He was a Summer Associate at the RAND Corporation in 2016. Prior to gradate school, Reid was a research assistant at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, and earned a BA in History and Government from Cornell University.


“Bedeviled by a Paradox: Nitze, Bundy, and an Incipient Nuclear Norm,” The Nonproliferation Review, Vol. 22, Iss. 3-4 (2015): 441-455.

“The Pioneering Role of CIS in American War Gaming,” MIT Précis, Fall 2015.

“Should the United States or the international community aggressively pursue nuclear nonproliferation policies?” co-authored with Scott D. Sagan, in Peter M. Haas and John A. Hird (eds.), Controversies in Globalization: Contending Approaches to International Relations, 2nd Edition (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2013).

“The Conundrum of Close Calls,” co-authored with Scott D. Sagan, in Henry D. Sokolski and Bruno Tertrais (eds.), Nuclear Weapons Security Crises: What Does History Teach? (U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, 2013).

“History, Close Calls, and Nuclear Materials Security,” co-authored with Scott D. Sagan, commissioned by the Nuclear Threat Initiative for preparation of the Nuclear Materials Security Index 2.0, December 2012.