Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Sanne Verschuren, a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science and fellow with CCSA, received a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University. She will join a group of approximately fifteen other fellows, all working on a broad array of areas in security and cooperation. Starting in September, Sanne will spend the academic year engaged in research and writing, as well as participating in seminars and collaborating with faculty and other fellows.

Sanne's research interests include the development of military technology, shifts in military strategy and tactics, and the role of ideas and norms therein. Her book project examines why and how states decide to procure different weapon capabilities within similar military domains. More specifically, she seeks to understand the politics behind the development and operationalization of air power (1920s–1930s), aircraft carriers (1950s–1960s), and missile defenses (1990s–today) in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and India. In addition, Sanne works on questions about the global arms trade, trends in armament and disarmament, and the politics of deterrence. At CISAC, Sanne will conduct research on the intersection between the study of conventional capabilities and nuclear weapons. 

Before joining CISAC, Sanne was a pre-doctoral research fellow with the International Security Program at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Sanne’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, and the Belgian American Education Foundation, among others.