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  • Lauren Sukin

    Lauren Sukin

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Political Science

    BioI am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University.

    In my research, I examine issues of international security, focusing on the role of nuclear weapons in international politics. Specifically, I am interested in analyzing how nuclear states communicate credibility and enforce commitments in three contexts: 1) demonstrations of resolve, 2) crisis escalation, and 3) nuclear nonproliferation. My dissertation studies demonstrations of resolve in the context of U.S. extended deterrence on the Korean Peninsula. While most previous work in the nuclear policy realm has been limited by studying very few cases at the state level, I use large-N survey experiments, computational text analysis of archival sources, and tools for small-N causal inference to gain new insights on these topics. I couple these methods with detailed case studies and other qualitative approaches. My research agenda explores the dynamics of nuclear weapons, crisis politics, and conflict studies. In particular, I am interested in continuing to study these subjects in relation to pressing issues in contemporary U.S. foreign policy.

    I graduated from Brown University in 2016 with B.A.s in Political Science and Literary Arts.

    As an advisor for FLI (first-generation/low-income) students and a queer woman, I welcome opportunities to discuss applying to Stanford's PhD programs in Political Science with diverse prospective students. Please feel free to reach out via email with "Prospective Student" as the subject line if you have any questions.