From New Hampshire to Texas and London to Sydney, Professors Rely on NTI's WMD Resources

Every year, students around the world rely on NTI’s comprehensive, up-to-date resources for their work on issues ranging from nuclear security and nonproliferation to biosecurity and radiological threats.

Professors also increasingly rely on NTI’s materials as they develop coursework on WMD issues. We recently surveyed those who have taken advantage of our resources, and we heard back from professors at more than 70 institutions located across 20 states and 21 countries. Their responses have helped us shape our public education program, and we designed our new Back-To-School resources page with both professors and students in mind.

If you’re wondering who uses our materials and how, this post is for you! Below – a sample of those who answered our survey and what they had to say.

Dr. Nancy Gallagher is the director at the Center for International Security Studies at Maryland and a research professor in the University of Maryland School of Public Policy.

She does research on a wide range of arms control and non-proliferation issues, including recent public opinion studies on the nuclear deal with Iran and development of a cybersecurity risk assessment framework.

Some students who take her courses want more details about specific WMD issues, so Dr. Gallagher adds NTI resources to her students’ reading lists to help them get up to speed. NTI’s country profiles are particularly popular with her students.

“I use NTI’s website for my own education and to select relevant materials for my graduate course on nuclear arms control and nonproliferation.” – Dr. Jingdong Yuan, University of Sydney

“My students and I find NTI resources to be highly valuable.” –Prof. Wyn Bowen, King’s College London

Dr. Jeffrey Kaplow is an assistant professor in the Department of Government at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. His overall research and teaching focuses on international and civil conflict, nuclear weapons, and international security institutions, and his Introduction to International Relations course touches on proliferation and deterrence theory.

These subjects became popular with students and led to the development of a new course specifically dedicated to nuclear weapons policy for which Kaplow uses NTI materials as background reading for his students.

“I have always found the information available through NTI to be very helpful and well-balanced…” – Dr. Christina Cliff, Franklin Pierce University

“All of my students are aware of NTI materials and they regularly check your website for new content.” – Dr. Sara Kutchesfahani, formerly at the University of Georgia

 Dr. Michael Mosser is a lecturer with a joint appointment in the Department of Government, the Center for European Studies, and the International Relations and Global Governance (IRG) program at the University of Texas at Austin.

His students come to his classes with varying levels of understanding of nuclear and other WMD threats, but these topics are thematically woven throughout the coursework and are very popular. 

Many students end up focusing their capstone research on nuclear weapons policy. His students love using NTI’s country profiles and short videos.

“Thank you for the tutorials! The tutorials are up-to-date, interactive, and authoritative. They help make very complex issues both interesting and intelligible.” –Dot Sulock, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville

“I have used NTI resources over the years to help me prepare talks.” - Dr. Gerard Gilfoyle, University of Richmond

Thank you to all who took our survey! We appreciate your time and your feedback, and we hope our resources can be of use to many more students and professors around the world.

Visit our Back-to-School resources page for content to help you prepare for your classes this fall.

Questions? Get in touch with NTI’s public education director, Rachel Staley Grant.  

September 11, 2017
Rachel Staley Grant
Rachel Staley Grant

Director of Public Education

Meaghan Webster
Meaghan Webster

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