Stephen Herzog is a fellow at the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs’ Nuclear Security Program, part of International Security Studies.

Stephen is a senior researcher at the Center for Security Studies of ETH Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He co-chairs the Beyond Nuclear Deterrence Working Group, a MacArthur Foundation and Harvard Kennedy School initiative. Stephen earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University in 2021 and was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at Harvard’s Project on Managing the Atom. Prior to doctoral studies, he was a U.S. Department of Energy nuclear arms control official and a Federation of American Scientists research associate. His research is published in Contemporary Security Policy, Energy Research & Social Science, International Security, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament, the Journal of Politics, the Nonproliferation Review, and Survival. He has written for Arms Control Today, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Financial Times, Science, The National Interest, War on the Rocks, and the Washington Post/Monkey Cage.

As one of the inaugural fellows of the Yale Nuclear Security Program, Stephen will be working on a project aimed at designing effective nuclear treaties. He will use historical cases of past treaty successes and failures (negotiations and outcomes), alongside observations from other areas of international relations, to explore the optimal design of arms control agreements.