Jonathan Hunt

Jonathan Hunt

Postdoctoral fellow 2013-2014

Not in residence

Research Interests

Nuclear nonproliferation regime; nuclear history; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies


Jonathan Hunt is a postdoctoral fellow at CISAC for 2013-2014. He was a predoctoral fellow at CISAC for 2012-2013, and received his PhD in history from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2013. His dissertation, “Into the Bargain: The Triumph and Tragedy of Nuclear Internationalism during the mid-Cold War, 1958-1970,” examined how decolonization, the meanings of nuclear power, discord in Cold War alliances, and a schism in internationalist thought shaped how a burgeoning international community brought order to the Nuclear Age. 

While at CISAC, Jonathan will write about the environmental dimensions of nuclear deterrence, strategy, and diplomacy as well as how the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty was negotiated via an array of diplomatic channels and international forums. Greater knowledge of why and how international stakeholders built the nonproliferation regime, he believes, will improve current debates about its future in the face of new challenges, threats, and questions. 

Jonathan graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Plan II Honors Liberal Arts; History; and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. In 2011, he was a residential fellow at the George F. Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and, in 2012, at the Security and Sustainability Program of the International Green Cross in Washington, DC. He was also a Dwight D. Eisenhower/Clifford Roberts Graduate Fellow for 2012-2013. He has published in Passport, Not Even Past, The Huffington Post, and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.