Stanton Nuclear Security Fellows



Zoë I. Levornik
Joseph O'Mahoney

Stanton Fellows 2016-17

Zoë I. Levornik is a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanton Nuclear Security Program at MIT’s Security Studies Program (SSP). Prior to SSP she was a researcher at the National Security Studies Center (NSSC) at the University of Haifa. Her research interests include IR Theory, Constructivism, Nuclear Proliferation, Nuclear policy, Cultural diplomacy, and Arab-Israeli Relations. Between 2014-2016 Levornik was a lecturer at the Political Science School and the International School at the University of Haifa. In 2010/11 she was a visiting researcher and lecturer at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, in Germany. Levornik received her direct-track PhD in International Relation from the University of Haifa. Dissertation titled, Nuclear Dialogues: A Constructive Approach to Nuclear (Non)proliferation. She earned a BA in Political Science and Exact Sciences from the University of Haifa.

Joseph O’Mahoney is an Assistant Professor at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations and a Stanton Junior Faculty Fellow at MIT for 2016-2017. His research primarily investigates international norm dynamics concerning the legitimacy of war and the use of force.  Broader research interests include recognition and nonrecognition, how argumentation works, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and whether and how we can establish motives or reasons for action in international relations. He has authored articles in International Organization, European Journal of International Relations, and International Theory, as well as other outlets. He received a PhD in Political Science from George Washington University in 2012 and has previously taught at Brown University, George Washington University, and the Affiliated High School of Fujian Normal University.