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Anna M. Weichselbraun

Anna M. Weichselbraun , PhD

Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow

Encina Hall, E211

616 Serra Street

Stanford, CA 94305

(650) 725-0936 (voice)

Research Interests

Nuclear governance, nonproliferation, bureaucracy, expertise, IAEA, nuclear safeguards, verification


Anna M. Weichselbraun is a Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at CISAC. Her fellowship at CISAC is sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation. She received her PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago in August 2016. Anna's dissertation, based on 24 months of ethnographic fieldwork and multi-archival research, investigates how nuclear safeguards inspectors, bureaucrats, and diplomats at the IAEA negotiate the international and institutional boundaries of politics and technology in their working lives. She asks how organizational products such as bureaucratic procedures, technical inspection reports, policy papers, and official diplomatic statements contribute to the logical ordering of technocratic expertise within the IAEA. She is especially interested in how individuals at international organizations communicate across different epistemic paradigms, and how particular types of knowledge become recognized as authoritative and legitimate. In addition to revising her dissertation into a book manuscript, she is also conducting preliminary research on networks of nonproliferation experts and their spheres of influence.