President and CEO, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Rachel oversees the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ publishing programs, management of the Doomsday Clock, and a growing set of activities around nuclear risk, climate change, and disruptive technologies. Before joining the Bulletin, she served for eight years at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and taught global energy as an adjunct professor at the Kellogg School of Management. Prior to that, she served as senior fellow and director of Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, senior fellow for international security affairs at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Rachel’s writings have appeared in many publications, including Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, andThe New York Times, and she has appeared as a commentator on numerous radio and television outlets. She is also author of the bookThicker Than Oil: America’s Uneasy Partnership With Saudi Arabia (Oxford University Press, 2006). Rachel holds a BA in history from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA and PhD in political science from Columbia University.

I am most excited to work on projects that… connect art and science. The Bulletin has been thinking its way through  a new arts and science initiative to connect its work to larger audiences who care about the health and security of our planet.

I am looking for partners that can help me… develop this initiative, including those who are involved in similar programs elsewhere, are artists working in this space, know of other successful models, or can help me identify potential minefields or golden opportunities.

A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… at the launch of the Turn Back the Clock exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry when I saw two years of work transformed into a three-dimensional display. To this day, I’m inspired every time I go to the museum and see people milling through the exhibit thinking about nuclear risk and climate change, the Doomsday Clock, and the future of our planet.

Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on… connect our important issues more directly to the rising generation.