Major Fellowship Activities: Kampani contributed to End Run: The U.S. Government’s Plan for Designing Nuclear Weapons and Simulating Nuclear Explosions Under the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and to The Internet and the Bomb: A Research Guide to Policy and Information about Nuclear Weapons.
Current Activities: Kampani is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Tulsa where his specialization is international politics. He teaches courses on U.S. national security, world politics, and South Asia. He was previously a Transatlantic Post-Doctoral Fellow for International Relations & Security at the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies (IFS) where he researched how secrecy shapes decision-making in emerging nuclear powers. He was a PhD student in the Department of Government at Cornell University where he focused on International Relations and specifically on security studies. His dissertation is entitled “The Weaponization Paradox: Why Some Emerging Nuclear Powers Delay Building Operational Forces” and examines the lag between nuclear weapons-related hardware development and software management in India’s case in the decade prior and post-1998. He spent the 2010-2011 academic year as a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation where he worked with Scott Sagan. During graduate school he was a consultant for the Center for Nonproliferation Studies on WMD proliferation-related issues concerning South Asia. In 2006 he contributed a book chapter for an SSRC project on nuclear weapons and South Asia. He previously worked as a Senior Research Associate in the Proliferation Research Analysis Program at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, CA, where his regional focus was South Asia. He wrote issue briefs, commentaries, and articles for peer-reviewed journals and web publications; maintained nuclear and missile databases; created weapons of mass destruction country profiles for India and Pakistan; taught graduate classes; delivered guest lectures in workshops and seminars for mid-career professionals and graduate students; briefed the media; and conducted local public outreach activities. He has written chapters on India-Pakistan nuclear issues for two forthcoming books. He co-wrote “Pakistan: Shift Away from Indo-Centricism?” He wrote a CNS report entitled “How a U.S. National Missile Defense Will Affect South Asia.” He co-wrote “The Forthcoming Perry Report” about U.S.-North Korea relations. He wrote “Barking Up the Wrong Tree” about India and nuclear deterrence for the on-line publication Nuclear Watch. He wrote an article entitled “From Existential to Minimum Deterrence: Explaining India’s Decision to Test” and contributed to “Nuclear- and Missile-Related Trade and Developments for Selected Countries,” both of which appeared in the Fall 1998 issue of The Nonproliferation Review. He contributed to chronologies of North Korea’s nuclear program and nuclear safeguards and inspections. He also wrote “The Escalating War in Kashmir,” “Hammering out an Indo-US nuclear deal” and “Behind India’s Veil of Nuclear Ambiguity” which appeared in Rediff on the Net. Prior to his current position, he worked at the U.S. Institute of Peace as a Research Assistant.