Research Assistant, Arms Control Association

Shannon is a research assistant on disarmament and threat reduction at the Arms Control Association, where she focuses her research and analysis on nuclear disarmament, the defense budget, and US-Russian arms control. Previously, Shannon was communications and writing manager at the Truman Center for National Policy and the Truman National Security Project, assisting members and senior staff in media outreach and message development. She was also a research assistant in the International Scholars Program at the University of Notre Dame, coding IHS Jane’s Defense and Security Reports to determine the involvement level of a country’s military in mass atrocity or genocide. With funding from two competitive Notre Dame grants, she visited Ireland and Northern Ireland in the summer of 2015 and conducted archival research and more than a dozen interviews to understand the role of literature in the Northern Ireland peacebuilding process during the 1990s. Shannon has a BA in peace studies, English, and business economics from the University of Notre Dame.

I am most excited to work on projects that… encourage the nuclear community to think creatively about how to support and mentor those who want to enter or are already in the field.

I am looking for partners who can help me… challenge myself to always keep learning.

A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… reading the stories of the hibakusha.

Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on… involve finding new, effective ways to talk to people about nuclear weapons.

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