Postdoctoral Kissinger Visiting Scholars must have completed their PhD degree to begin the fellowship. Kissinger Visiting Scholars use the time to conduct original research and write manuscripts for publication, focused on the role of the United States in the conduct of statecraft, diplomacy, and grand strategy.
Kissinger Visiting Scholars fellowships are awarded to candidates with outstanding proposals that require access to the Henry A. Kissinger Papers or other archival holdings related to American diplomacy at Yale. They work with an active academic community of post-doctoral associate fellows and pre-doctoral fellows, as well as Yale faculty in history, political science, and other disciplines. Learn more
John Maurer is the Henry A. Kissinger Postdoctoral Fellow at International Security Studies and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University. His dissertation and book project focus on the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) in the Nixon Administration, drawing on the Kissinger Papers at Yale to examine how academic ideas on the nature and purpose of arms control shaped U.S. arms control policy. He is more broadly interested in questions of strategy, security, technology, and arms control, as well as the relationship of scientific and social scientific research to politics. John has a BS in international politics from Georgetown University, as well as a PhD in the history of U.S. foreign relations. He has also worked as a research assistant and analyst for the Long-Term Strategy Group, studying the future of great-power competition and war.
Claire Yorke is a Henry A. Kissinger Postdoctoral Fellow at International Security Studies and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University. Her research explores the role and limitations of empathy and emotions in international affairs and diplomacy. In her thesis and book project, she uses archival materials to analyse the transformation of America’s diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China during the Nixon Administration through this lens of empathy and emotion. More broadly, her research interests include the conduct and theory of international relations, grand strategy, international security, conflict resolution, negotiations, and literature. She received her PhD in International Relations from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and has a Masters from the University of Exeter, and a BA from Lancaster University, all in the UK. Prior to her PhD, Claire worked as Programme Manager of the International Security Research Department at Chatham House and as a Parliamentary Researcher to a frontbench politician in the Houses of Parliament. She is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center for International Security at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C.