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Allison Macfarlane



September 3, 2019 — May 22, 2020

Professional affiliation

Professor, George Washington University

Wilson Center Projects

A Nuclear Solution: Reflections of a Former Regulator on the Future of Nuclear Energy

Full Biography

Dr. Allison M. Macfarlane is Professor of Science Policy and International Affairs at the George Washington University, Director of the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy at the University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She was the 2018 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Australia. Dr. Macfarlane served as Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from July 2012 through December 2014. Dr. Macfarlane holds a PhD in geology from MIT and a BSc in geology from the University of Rochester. She has taught at Georgia Tech and George Mason University. Dr. Macfarlane served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future, created by the Obama Administration to develop a national strategy for the nation's high-level nuclear waste. She serves on the National Academy of Sciences Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board. In 2006, MIT Press published her co-edited book, Uncertainty Underground: Yucca Mountain and the Nation's High-Level Nuclear Waste.

Major Publications

Déjà vu for U.S. Nuclear Waste

Burning Waste or Playing with Fire: Waste Management Considerations for Non-traditional Reactors

Uncertainty Underground: Yucca Mountain and the Nation's High-Level Nuclear Waste