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

Tyler is the Stanton Visiting Scientist and a fellow with the Institute for National Security Studies at the United States Air Force Academy. His research focuses on the ways in which nuclear weapons affect international politics, with a particular focus on how nuclear weapons impact the benefit of conventional military superiority and U.S. grand strategy. He also works on how nuclear weapons affect public opinion towards the use of force in the United States. Before the Air Force Academy, Tyler graduated with a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University in 2021 and completed an America in the World Consortium postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

Tyler is working on a book project which examines how nuclear weapons affect the utility of conventional military superiority in a nuclear world. States use nuclear weapons to defend their homelands as well as their allies and objectives abroad, raising a question about the role of conventional capabilities in the nuclear age. Tyler argues that nuclear states derive a bargaining advantage from having several conventional options for escalation in crises with their nuclear adversaries, and this bargaining advantage incentivizes states to develop a comprehensive variety of conventional capabilities at the global level.