Matthew Bunn

Professor of Practice
Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Office Address
Belfer-325
Mailing Address
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 54
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Contact
Phone: 617-495-9916
Fax: 617-495-8963
Email: matthew_bunn@Harvard.Edu
Assistant
Melissa Kappotis (617-496-2312)
Matthew Bunn

Profile

Matthew Bunn is a Professor of Practice at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. His research interests include nuclear theft and terrorism; nuclear proliferation and measures to control it; the future of nuclear energy and its fuel cycle; and policies to promote innovation in energy technologies. Before coming to Harvard, Bunn served as an adviser to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, as a study director at the National Academy of Sciences, and as editor of Arms Control Today. He is the author or co-author of more than 25 books and book-length technical reports (most recently Insider Threats), and over 150 articles in publications ranging from Science and Nuclear Technology to Foreign Policy and The Washington Post. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; a recipient of the American Physical Society's Joseph A. Burton Forum Award for "outstanding contributions in helping to formulate policies to decrease the risks of theft of nuclear weapons and nuclear materials"; and the recipient of the Hans A. Bethe Award from the Federation of American Scientists for "science in service to a more secure world."

Courses

Fall

  • IGA-232 Controlling the World's Most Dangerous Weapons

Year

  • IGA-150Y Seminar: International and Global Affairs

Media Expertise

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Research

For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Bunn, Matthew. "Troubled Disposition: Next Steps in Dealing With Excess Plutonium." Arms Control Today (April 2007).
    • Bunn, Matthew. "A Mathematical Model of the Risk of Nuclear Terrorism." Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (September 2006).
    • Bunn, Matthew and Anthony Wier. "Terrorist Nuclear Weapon Construction: How Difficult?" Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (September 2006).
    • Bunn, Matthew. "Cooperation to Secure Nuclear Stockpiles: A Case of Constrained Innovation." Innovations (Winter 2006).
    • Bunn, Matthew, John P. Holdren, Steve Fetter, and Bob van der Zwaan. "The Economics of Reprocessing Versus Direct Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel." Nuclear Technology (June 2005).
    • Bunn, Matthew. "Securing Nuclear Warheads and Materials: Seven Steps for Immediate Action." Austrian Military Periodical, Special Edition, Proceedings of the EU-High Level Scientific International Con. on Strengthening global Practices for Protecting Nuclear Material (2003).
    • Bunn, Matthew, and George Bunn. "Strengthening Nuclear Security Against Post-September 11 Threats of Theft and Sabotage." Journal of Nuclear Materials Management (Spring 2002).
    • Bunn, Matthew, and George Bunn. "Reducing the Threat of Nuclear Theft and Sabotage." Proceedings of the Symposium on International Safeguards: Verification and Nuclear Material Security (October 2001).
  • Book Chapters
    • Bunn, Matthew, and Scott D. Sagan. "Introduction: Inside the Insider Threat." Insider Threats. Cornell University Press, 2017.
    • Bunn, Matthew, and Kathryn M. Glynn. "Preventing Insider Theft: Lessons From the Casino and Pharmaceutical Industries." Insider Threats. Cornell University Press, 2017.
    • Bunn, Matthew, and Scott D. Sagan. "A Worst Practices Guide to Insider Threats." Insider Threats. Cornell University Press, 2017.
    • Bunn, Matthew. "Preventing Nuclear Terrorism." 2009 National Security and Nonproliferation Briefing Book. Peace and Security Initiative, 2008.
    • Bunn, Matthew, and Anthony Wier. "The Seven Myths of Nuclear Terrorism." Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism. Ed. Russell D. Howard and James J.F. Forest. McGraw-Hill, 2007.
    • Bunn, Matthew. "Preventing a Nuclear 9/11." How to Make America Safe: New Policies for National Security. Ed. Stephen Van Evera. Tobin Project, 2006.
  • Edited Volumes
    • Bunn, Matthew, and Scott D. Sagan, eds. Insider Threats. Cornell University, 2017.
    • Laura Diaz Anadon, Matthew Bunn, and Venkatesh Narayanamurti, eds. Transforming U.S. Energy Innovation. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • Magazine and Newspaper Articles
    • Bunn, Matthew and Gary Samore. "Cancel the Plutonium Fuel Factory." The Hill. July 18, 2016.
    • Bunn, Matthew. "The Nuclear Security Summit: Wins, Losses, and Draws." Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. April 8, 2016.
    • Bunn, Matthew, William Tobey, Martin Malin, and Nickolas Roth. "Will the Nuclear Security Summit Help Stop Terrorists from Getting the Bomb?" The National Interest. March 31, 2016.
    • Bunn, Matthew. "Belgium Highlights the Nuclear Terrorism Threat and Security Measures to Stop It." The World Post. March 29, 2016.
    • Bunn, Matthew, Martin B. Malin, Nickolas Roth, and William Tobey. "Nuclear Security: Continuous Improvement or Dangerous Decline?" Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. March 27, 2016.
    • Bunn, Matthew. "The Bush Administration and Nonproliferation: Skeptics at the Helm." PIR Center Arms Control Letters. July 2001.
  • Public Testimony
    • Bunn, Matthew. "Next Steps to Strengthen the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Efforts to Prevent Nuclear Proliferation." Testimony before the Subcommittee on Energy and Water, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate, April 30, 2008.
    • Bunn, Matthew. "The Risk of Nuclear Terrorism – And Next Steps to Reduce the Danger." Testimony before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate, April 2, 2008.
    • Bunn, Matthew. "Risks of GNEP’s Focus on Near-Term Reprocessing." Testimony before the Committee on Energy and National Resources, U.S. Senate, November 14, 2007.
    • Bunn, Matthew. "Assessing the Benefits, Costs, and Risks of Near-Term Reprocessing and Alternatives." Testimony before the Subcommittee on Energy and Water, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate, September 14, 2006.
    • Bunn, Matthew. "Disposition of Excess Plutonium: Rethinking Security Objectives and Technological Approaches." Testimony before the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, Committee on Armed Services, U.S. House of Re, July 26, 2006.
    • Bunn, Matthew. "The Case Against a Near-Term Decision to Reprocess Spent Nuclear Fuel in the United States." Testimony to the Subcommittee on Energy, Committee on Science, U.S. House of Representatives, June 16, 2005.
    • Bunn, Matthew. "Preventing Nuclear Terrorism." Testimony to the Subcommittee on National Security, Committee on Government Reform, U.S. House of Re, September 24, 2002.
  • Research Papers/Reports
    • Bunn, Matthew, Martin B. Malin, Nickolas Roth, and William H. Tobey. "Key Steps for Continuing Nuclear Security Progress." International Conference on Nuclear Security: Commitments and Actions, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria, December 2016.
    • Bunn, Matthew, Martin B. Malin, Nickolas Roth, and William H. Tobey. "Preventing Nuclear Terrorism: Continuous Improvement or Dangerous Decline?" Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, March 21, 2016.
    • Bunn, Matthew, Hui Zhang, and Li Kang. "The Cost of Reprocessing in China." Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, January 2016.
    • Carnesale, Albert, Matthew Bunn, John Deutch, Gary Samore, et al. "Secretary of Energy Advisory Board: Report of the Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation." Report for the U.S. Department of Energy, March 2015.
    • Carlson, John, James Fuller, Kelsey Hartigan, Matthew Bunn, et al. "Verifying Baseline Declarations of Nuclear Warheads and Materials." Report for the Nuclear Threat Initiative, July 2014.
    • McGoldrick, Fred, with contributions by Matthew Bunn, Martin Malin, and William H. Tobey. "Limiting Transfers of Enrichment and Reprocessing Technology: Issues, Constraints, Options." Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, May 2011.
    • Anadon, Laura Diaz, Kelly Sims Gallagher, and Matthew Bunn. "DOE FY09 Budget Request for Energy Research, Development & Demonstration – Commentary." Energy Technology Innovation Policy, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, June 2008.
    • Bunn, Matthew. "Securing the Bomb 2007." September 2007.
    • Bunn, Matthew, and Anatoli Diakov. "Global Fissile Materials Report 2007: Disposition of Excess Highly Enriched Uranium." International Panel on Fissile Materials, 2007.
    • Bunn, Matthew, and Anatoli Diakov. "Global Fissile Materials Report 2007: Disposition of Excess Plutonium." International Panel on Fissile Materials, 2007.
    • Bunn, Matthew, and Anthony Wier. "Securing the Bomb 2006." July 2006.
    • Bunn, Matthew, and Anthony Wier. "Securing the Bomb 2005: The New Global Imperatives." May 2005.
    • Bunn, Matthew, and Anthony Wier. "Securing the Bomb: An Agenda for Action." May 2004.
    • Bunn, Matthew. "Preventing Nuclear Terrorism: A Progress Update." Project on Managing the Atom, Harvard University and Nuclear Threat Initiative, 2003.
    • Bunn, Matthew, Anthony Wier, and John P. Holdren. "Controlling Nuclear Warheads and Materials: A Report Card and Action Plan." Project on Managing the Atom, Harvard University and Nuclear Threat Initiative, March 2003.
    • Bunn, Matthew, John P. Holdren, and Anthony Wier. "Securing Nuclear Weapons and Materials: Seven Steps for Immediate Action." Project on Managing the Atom, Harvard University and Nuclear Threat Initiative, May 2002.
    • Bunn, Matthew. "Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management." .
    • Bunn, Matthew, John P. Holdren, Allison Macfarlane, Susan E. Pickett, Atsuyuki Suzuki, Tatsujiro Suzuki, and Jennifer Weeks. "Interim Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel." Project on Managing the Atom, Harvard University and University of Tokyo, June 2001.
  • Reviews
    • Bunn, Matthew. "Review of Doomed to Cooperate: How American and Russian Scientists Joined Forces to Avert Some of the Greatest Post-Cold-War Nuclear Dangers." Review of Physics Today, November 2016.
    • Bunn, Matthew, and Venkatesh Narayanamurti. Review of Transforming US Energy Innovation, ed. Anadon, Laura Diaz. 2016: 2.
    • Bunn, Matthew. "Bombs We Can Stop." Review of The Atomic Bazaar, by William Langeweische. American Scientist, September/October 2007.

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