ESP Biography



STEPHEN HERZOG, Yale Ph.D student studying International Relations




Major: Political Science

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Stephen Herzog is a Ph.D. candidate focused on international security: nuclear weapons proliferation, arms control, and domestic sources of foreign policy. His research draws on archival methods, elite interviewing, and survey experiments. He is a Fellow of the Yale Program on Japanese Politics and Diplomacy, and a nonresident WSD-Handa Fellow at the Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Prior to Yale, Stephen directed a global scientific engagement program supporting nuclear explosion monitoring and geophysical hazard mitigation for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. He led U.S. technical delegations across the Caucasus, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Stephen was also a research associate and Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty specialist with the Federation of American Scientists and a Nuclear Security Fellow at Fundação Getulio Vargas.

Stephen holds an M.A. and M.Phil. in Political Science from Yale, an M.A. with honors in Security Studies from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in International Relations as his class valedictorian at Knox College. He has traveled in over 80 countries.



Past Classes

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Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty: History, Policy, and Technology in Sprout Fall 17
Today, North Korea is the only country in the world carrying out nuclear weapon tests. But back during the Cold War, such explosive tests were much more frequent. Why is this the case? In this course, we explore the history of efforts to ban nuclear testing, leading to the creation of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). We then discuss the policies and technologies necessary to detect and deter the testing of nuclear weapons around the globe.


Nuclear Weapons: From Hiroshima to the Present in Splash Spring 17
What have been the effects of nuclear weapons on international politics? In this class, we will explore the invention and use of nuclear weapons, the Cold War arms race, nuclear proliferation, and the global disarmament movement. We will conclude with a discussion of the future role of nuclear weapons on the global stage.