Cullen Nutt

Cullen Nutt

Biography

Cullen Nutt is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science, where he studies questions surrounding the threat or use of force in international politics. His dissertation examines the causes of covert action, or deniable activity that one state undertakes against another. Why do nations intervene in this way under certain circumstances and not others? In other work, he assesses the performance of intelligence agencies in tracking covert nuclear weapons programs and the role of secret threats in winning concessions from defiant regimes. Cullen earned an MA from King’s College London in War Studies and a BA from Boston College. His work has been published in Security Studies and recognized by the International Studies Association and the University of Texas at Austin. Cullen served as a graduate associate and an adjunct at the RAND Corporation. Before graduate school, he worked as an editor at the Wilson Quarterly in Washington, D.C.

Papers

“Proof of the Bomb: The Influence of Previous Failure on Intelligence Judgments of Nuclear Programs,” Security Studies, Vol. 28, No. 2 (April-June 2019).

“Muffling the Sound of Murder: Re-interpreting Zimbabwe’s Strategic Choices in the Congo,” Civil Wars,Vol. 13, No. 3 (September 2011) with M. L. R. Smith.  (link)

Biography

Cullen Nutt is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science, where he studies questions surrounding the threat or use of force in international politics. His dissertation examines the causes of covert action, or deniable activity that one state undertakes against another. Why do nations intervene in this way under certain circumstances and not others? In other work, he assesses the performance of intelligence agencies in tracking covert nuclear weapons programs and the role of secret threats in winning concessions from defiant regimes. Cullen earned an MA from King’s College London in War Studies and a BA from Boston College. His work has been published in Security Studies and recognized by the International Studies Association and the University of Texas at Austin. Cullen served as a graduate associate and an adjunct at the RAND Corporation. Before graduate school, he worked as an editor at the Wilson Quarterly in Washington, D.C.

Papers

“Proof of the Bomb: The Influence of Previous Failure on Intelligence Judgments of Nuclear Programs,” Security Studies, Vol. 28, No. 2 (April-June 2019).

“Muffling the Sound of Murder: Re-interpreting Zimbabwe’s Strategic Choices in the Congo,” Civil Wars,Vol. 13, No. 3 (September 2011) with M. L. R. Smith.  (link)