Dr. Sanne Verschuren received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Brown University. Her doctoral research at Brown University has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, and the Belgian American Education Foundation, among others. Dr. Verschuren’s research interests include the development of military technology, shifts in military strategy and tactics, and the role of ideas and norms therein. Her book project examines why and how states decide to procure different weapon capabilities within similar military domains. More specifically, she seeks to understand the politics behind the development and operationalization of air power (1920s–1930s), aircraft carriers (1950s–1960s), and missile defenses (1990s–today) in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and India. In addition, Dr. Verschuren works on questions around the global arms trade, trends in armament and disarmament, and the politics of deterrence. At CISAC, she will conduct research on the intersection between the study of conventional capabilities and nuclear weapons.
Before joining CISAC, Dr. Verschuren was a pre-doctoral research fellow with the International Security Program at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She holds a LL.B. and LL.M. from Ghent University and received a M.Sc. in the Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice from the School of Oriental and African Studies, as well as M.A. in Political Science from Brown University.