Jennifer L. Erickson

Jennifer L. Erickson

Nuclear Security Faculty Fellow


Encina Hall, E213

616 Serra Street

Stanford CA 94305

(650) 736-9419 (voice)

Research Interests

International security and arms control, new weapons technologies and international law, conventional and nuclear weapons, sanctions and arms embargoes


Dr. Jennifer L. Erickson is a Nuclear Security Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Her fellowship at CISAC is sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation. She is also an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Boston College (on sabbatical in 2016-2017). Her current research project deals with new defense technologies and the creation of laws and norms of war, examining cases on World War I, nuclear weapons after World War II, and new weapons in the contemporary era. Her book, Dangerous Trade: Conventional Arms Exports, Human Rights, and International Reputation (Columbia UP 2015), explains states’ commitment to and compliance with new humanitarian arms trade norms, articulated in the UN Arms Trade Treaty and related multilateral initiatives. She has additional ongoing research projects dealing with sanctions and arms embargoes.
Previously, Dr. Erickson was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. She has also been a research fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) and the Wissenchaftszentrum (WZB) in Berlin and a faculty affiliate at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. She has a B.A. in Political Science from St. Olaf College and a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University.