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Mariana Budjeryn

Fellow, Global Europe Program

Professional affiliation

Senior Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center

Full Biography

Mariana Budjeryn is a Public Policy Fellow with the Wilson Center's Global Europe Program. Mariana Budjeryn is a Senior Research Associate with the Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. Formerly, she held appointments as a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow with MTA, and the International Security Program, a fellow at Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and as a visiting professor at Tufts University and Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. Mariana’s research focuses on the international non-proliferation regime, arms control, nuclear crises, and post-Soviet nuclear history. Mariana leads MTA’s diversity, inclusion, and belonging program, including the Atomic Voices seminar series that provides a forum for marginalized voices and perspectives in the nuclear field. She is an affiliate of the Davis Center Negotiations Task Force, where she is one of the architects and organizers of ACONA (Arms Control Negotiations Academy), an immersive course in arms control history, technology, and negotiations skills.

Mariana’s research and analytical contributions appeared in the Journal of Cold War StudiesNonproliferation ReviewWorld Affairs Journal, Foreign Affairs, Washington PostBulletin of the Atomic Scientists, War on the Rocks, Arms Control Today, and in the publications of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars where she is a Global Fellow. Mariana is the author of Inheriting the Bomb: The Collapse of the USSR and the Nuclear Disarmament of Ukraine (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023). She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and an M.A. in International Relations from Central European University (formerly) in Budapest, Hungary, and a B.A. in Political Science from the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine.

Previous Terms

Global Fellow with the Wilson Center's Nuclear Proliferation International History Project, October 21, 2019 — October 31, 2021