Rachel Whitlark

Assistant Professor

Member Of:
  • School of International Affairs
  • Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy
Office Location:
Habersham 218


Rachel is a political scientist and Assistant Professor of International Affairs. Her interests lie within international security and foreign-policy decision-making, specifically including nuclear proliferation, counter-proliferation, and military intervention. Much of her work investigates the role of the individual executive in foreign and security policy. Her book manuscript explores the use of preventive military force as a counter-proliferation strategy against adversarial nuclear programs and relies on archival research techniques. Additional projects examine nuclear latency, the provision of global public goods, and presidential beliefs about nuclear coercion. Prior to coming to Georgia Tech, she held fellowships with the Project on Managing the Atom and International Security Program within the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, as well as with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the George Washington University, holds a Master’s Degree from Stanford, and a B.A. also from George Washington. Rachel is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Research Fields:
  • Global Nuclear Security
  • United States
  • Weapons and Security
  • Foreign Policy
  • National Security
  • National Strategy
  • Presidential Power
  • Science and Technology
  • Strategy


  • INTA-2120: Intro to Intl Security
  • INTA-3102: Problem of Proliferation
  • INTA-3110: U.S. Foreign Policy
  • INTA-4500: INTA Pro-Seminar
  • INTA-6002: Strategic Decisions
  • INTA-6111: US Foreign Secur Strat

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