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. 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.


Gregory 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 is a Policy Analyst at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, where his work focuses on nuclear threat reduction and nonproliferation issues. In addition, he works 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 works on the NTI Nuclear Materials Security Index and the intersection of cyber and nuclear security.

Kristy Kumar

Spring 2014 Fellow, Center f or National Policy

Education: University of California, Berkeley, BA Political Science, 2012

Issues Covered: Regional and international human security

Current Activities: Kumar began her second year as an MA candidate in International Human Rights with a specializations in Human Trafficking and Gender at the Joseph Korbel School at the University of Denver in September 2016. Her research focuses on exploring how fluid work identities, race, class, and gender intersect with human trafficking, survival labor, and sex work. Kumar is Director of Educational Programming and Clinic Manager at the Human Trafficking Center, where she facilitates a weekly course for Master’s students on human trafficking and forced labor. She is also an Inclusive Excellence Fellow at the Center for Multicultural Excellence, where she works to develop inclusive programming and educational structures for faculty, administration, and students at the University of Denver. She received the Josef Korbel School Founder’s Scholarship that is aiding her tuition fees for both years at Korbel.

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 is 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.