2014 Fellows

James McKeon

Fall 2014 Fellow, Stimson Center

Education: Northeastern University, BA Political Science, 2014

Issues Covered: Transnational security, impact of Scottish independence vote on UK nuclear weapons

Current Activities: McKeon became Policy Analyst and Communications Manager at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation and Council for a Livable World in early 2016. His work focuses on arms control, non-proliferation, nuclear threat reduction, the defense budget, and other related policy areas. His work includes op-ed writing, factsheet writing, and conducting briefings for Members of Congress and staff. He was previously a Project Coordinator at Potomac Communications Group, where he wrote op-eds, drafted press releases, and crafted media strategies for public, private, and non-profit clients.


Greg Terryn

Fall 2014 Fellow, Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation

Education: University of Michigan, BA Public Policy, 2014

Issues Covered: Cooperative nuclear weapons strategies with Russia,
U.S. nuclear weapons spending plans, P5+1-Iran nuclear negotiations,
Iraq/Syria/Afghanistan, Missile Defense

Current Activities: Terryn will attend Stanford University Law School in fall 2017, where he will pursue course work related to public interest and international security law. Following his fellowship he worked as a Policy Analyst at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, where his work focused on nuclear threat reduction and nonproliferation issues. In addition, he worked on U.S. nuclear non-proliferation policy, nuclear weapons spending, the Iran nuclear agreement, and US-Russia relations. He is co-founder of “Gin & Atomics,” a happy hour and speaker series for young professionals in the nuclear policy community. 


Alexandra Van Dine

Fall 2014 Fellow, Nuclear Threat Initiative

Education: Georgetown University, BS Foreign Service, 2014

Issues Covered: Nuclear materials security, nuclear terrorism,
cyber security

Current Activities: Van Dine was hired as a Program Associate for Scientific and Technical Affairs at NTI following her fellowship. She focuses primarily on the cyber threat to nuclear facilities and nuclear weapons. She also works on the biennial NTI Nuclear Security Index, a first-of-its-kind ranking of countries according to their nuclear security conditions. She was a CSIS PONI Nuclear Scholar in 2016.
 In August 2017 she will start classes at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.

Kristy Kumar

Spring 2014 Fellow, Center for National Policy

Education:  University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies, MA International Human Rights, 2017 
University of California, Berkeley, BA Political Science, 2012

Issues Covered: Regional and international human security

Current Activities: Kumar works as the Assistant Director of Educational Programs and Violence Prevention at Colorado State University with the Women and Gender Advocacy Center where she provides leadership and implementation for education and outreach programming on social justice issues, with a specific focus on interpersonal violence and other gender-based topics throughout the campus and community. She graduated in 2017 from the Korbel School of International Relations at the University of Denver with an MA in International Human Rights with a specialization in race, gender, and equity. At DU, she served as the Director of Educational Programming at the Human Trafficking Center where she taught a graduate seminar on advocacy and methodology. She was an Inclusive Excellence Fellow with the Division of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence, where she worked to develop inclusive programming and educational structures for faculty, administration, and students at the University of Denver. She is a Hotline Advocate for the Colorado Network to End Human Trafficking and a Board Member for the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking. Her research focused on exploring how fluid work identities, race, class, and gender intersect with human trafficking, survival labor, and sex work. She received the Josef Korbel School Founder’s Scholarship that aided her tuition fees for both years at Korbel. She completed research in Sangli, Maharashtra in India with a grassroots non-profit activist organization doing work around sex work, health, and collective consciousness building in the summer of 2016.

She previously worked as a Youth Leadership Coordinator and Case Manager at FAIR Girls, an organization that works to prevent the exploitation of girls worldwide with empowerment and education. She worked on creating a new youth leadership and professional development program for their clients who are young survivors of human trafficking sexual exploitation. She was also a case manager for the young survivors.

Shane Mason

Spring 2014 Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Education: Monterey Institute of International Studies, MA Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies, 2013
Pepperdine University, BA Political Science, 2010

Issues Covered: Nonproliferation issues in South Asia

Current Activities: Mason was a Research Associate with the South Asia program at the Stimson Center.

Lianet Vazquez

Spring 2014 Fellow, British American Security Information Council

Education: Sciences Po, Paris, MA International Security, 2016
University of South Florida, BA Political Science and BS Biology, 2013

Issues Covered: Nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation

Current Activities: Vazquez received a Master in International Security at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po.