2010 Fellows

Nathan Cohn

Fall 2010 Fellow, Henry L. Stimson Center

Education: Whitman College, BA Politic, 2010

Issues Covered: Nuclear strategic stability in South Asia

Current Activities: Cohn writes for The Upshot, a New York Times website with analysis and data visualizations about politics, policy and everyday life. He previously wrote Electionate, a non-partisan election blog in The New Republic specializing in political geography and demographics. He was previously a research assistant to Michael Krepon at the Stimson Center’s South Asia and Space Security projects, continuing the work he did during his fellowship. While at Stimson he co-wrote a report on the nuclear weapons budget that was cited in the Washington Post.


Robert Golan-Vilella

Fall 2010 Fellow, Arms Control Association

Education: Yale University, BA History and International Studies, 2010

Issues Covered: Nuclear security, New START treaty

Current Activities: Golan-Vilella entered the University of Chicago Law School in fall 2015. He was previously the managing editor of The National Interest, a bi-monthly international affairs magazine. He was effectively the deputy editor of the print journal, where he managed that process on a day-to-day basis. He also wrote about national security issues for the editor’s blog The Buzz, did editing/layout/other organizational work and researched and made suggestions on potential authors and topics.


Taylor Jo Isenberg

Fall 2010 Fellow, Partnership for a Secure America

Education: University of North Carolina, BA Peace, War, and Defense and International Studies, 2010

Issues Covered: Nexus of development and security priorities, START Treaty, conflict prevention and resolution, and U.S. policy on international security issues

Current Activities: Isenberg is Senior Advisor to the President & CEO and was previously the Vice President of Networks at the Roosevelt Institute. She oversees the strategic direction and operations of the Roosevelt Institute’s Networks, which includes the largest network of young people committed to progressive policy change.She was previously the National Director of the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, the largest student policy organization in the country, that engages, empowers, and promotes a new generation of leaders through progressive policy. In that capacity she was responsible for developing and managing the campus network, which has over 10,000 members and 100+ chapters that work on defense and diplomacy, energy and environment, health care, economics, equal justice and education policy, and works on international security issues. Roosevelt’s model is called Think Impact, helping to connect innovative student ideas to the policy process. She started as Deputy Director of the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network following the conclusion of her fellowship.


Sarah Williams Savoy 

Fall 2010 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Education: University of Texas-Austin, Master of Global Policy Studies, 2010
University of Maryland, BA Government and Politics, 2007

Issues Covered: Links between the expansion of nuclear power and proliferation risk

Current Activities: Williams is a Director at Elevate, where she provides strategic fundraising support and grants program development to mission focused clients. She has worked as a Nuclear Policy Analyst at the Partnership for Global Security, where her work included research and analysis on nuclear security governance, the growth of nuclear power in key regions around the world, and radiological security. Previously she was the research associate and program coordinator at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ nuclear energy initiative. She previously worked as the Project Coordinator at the Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science where she continued the work she did during her fellowship. She coordinated a three day seminar on nuclear issues for congressional staff and accompanied them on a trip to visit nuclear sites in the United Kingdom and the headquarters of the IAEA and CTBTO in Vienna.


Mark Donaldson

Spring 2010 Fellow, Union of Concerned Scientists

Education: Amherst College, BA Political Science, 2009

Issues Covered: START, warhead modernization, defense budget

Current Activities: Donaldson is Multimedia Producer for Efecto Naím, a cable news program on international politics and economics hosted by Moisés Naím. He was previously policy director of the Atomic Heritage Foundation, where he researched and wrote on the history of the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Age.


Meg McDermott

Spring 2010 Fellow, Citizens for Global Solutions

Education: University of St. Andrews, M.Litt, International Security Studies, 2009
Emory University, BA International Studies, 2008

Issues Covered: Arms trade, cluster munitions treaty, genocide prevention treaty, New START, and global peacekeeping

Current Activities: McDermott is a Program Officer at Pact, an NGO based in DC, and is working on projects in Myanmar and Indonesia. She was previously a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow working with Bangladesh’s Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development, and Co-operatives, where she  contributed to a project on urban governance and municipal service delivery. She was previously a consultant at the World Bank Institute on a program that supports government and civil society capacity building to enhance the passage and implementation of access to information laws and other government transparency mechanisms. She worked specifically on a project in Bangladesh focusing on grassroots awareness-raising on the right to information as well as a project in West Africa that connects access to information practitioners in three countries. Following the completion of her fellowship she worked part time for two months as a Policy Associate at Citizens for Global Solutions.


Mary Slosson

Spring 2010 Fellow, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

Education: University of Southern California, MA Journalism, 2012
University of Virginia, BA Foreign Affairs and French, 2008

Issues Covered: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, North Korea, CTBT, START follow-on treaty

Current Activities: Slosson is the associate editor of the Telluride Daily Planet, the local newspaper in the small  mountain town in southwest Colorado. In 2013, she was an International Reporting Project New Media Fellow, reporting on food security in Tanzania. She was previously a correspondent for Reuters covering general news in the Western United States, based in Sacramento. In 2012 she received an MA in journalism from the University of Southern California, where she was an Annenberg Fellow at the USC Annenberg Graduate School for Journalism. During grad school she interned at Reuters, and reported on commodities and energy (particularly renewable energy) as well as politics, business, and culture. She previously served as the Deputy Editor for Annenberg Digital News and wrote extensively on international relations for Neon Tommy, the online publication of the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. She has also written for the Los Angeles Times.

Michael Tu

Spring 2010 Fellow, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Education: University of Pennsylvania, MSE Bioengineering, 2008
Swarthmore College, BA History and BS Engineering, 2005

Issues Covered:  Chemical and biological weapons nonproliferation, regulatory strategies for dual-use biotechnologies

Current Activities: Tu serves as a Senior Engineer with the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls. 
He provides technical expertise to support US export controls ranging from regulatory review to law enforcement support. This includes industry outreach and supporting USG participation in multilateral regimes and technical experts group. Prior to joining Commerce, Tu worked as a Research Associate at the DC office of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies. During his time at CNS-DC, he worked both for the Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program and the Nuclear Threat Initiative project, maintaining a broad research portfolio that included inventory and arsenal tracking of CBW and delivery systems in the Middle East, microbial forensics and bioattribution, and missile defense.