Kuperman, Alan J. | The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D. in Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • M.A. in International Relations and International Economics, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
  • A.B. in Physical Sciences, Harvard University
Research Areas
  • Ethnic Conflict
  • Military Intervention
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation
Teaching Areas
  • Policy Process and Institutions
  • International Affairs and Diplomacy

Alan J. Kuperman is chair of the Graduate Studies Committee of the LBJ School’s Global Policy Studies program and is founding coordinator of the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project (www.NPPP.org). His research focuses on ethnic conflict, military intervention, and nuclear nonproliferation. His latest books are Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa and Nuclear Terrorism and Global Security, and his articles include "Obama’s Libya Debacle." In 2013-14, he was a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and in 2009-10 he was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, both in Washington, D.C. From 2002 to 2005, Dr. Kuperman was resident assistant professor and coordinator of the international relations program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna, Italy. Prior to his academic career, Kuperman worked as legislative director for U.S. Rep. Charles Schumer, as a legislative assistant for U.S. Speaker of the House Thomas Foley, as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. James Scheuer, as a senior policy analyst for the nongovernmental Nuclear Control Institute, and as a fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Media Expertise
  • Nuclear proliferation
  • U.S. military intervention
  • Ethnic Relations
  • Humanitarian intervention
  • U.S. Foreign Policy


NewsApril 17, 2019
Innovation Bound, the annual celebration of LBJ School policy research: April 23, 2019

Core to the LBJ School's mission is "getting it done" — developing solutions to policy problems through scholarship and public discourse. Every year, faculty and students take on research that melds the theoretical and the practical, exploring the world through hands-on field work and data analysis to address issues critical to the health of American democracy and global society. Innovation Bound celebrates the impact, quality and range of the published works of our distinguished scholars.

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NewsDecember 12, 2018
LBJ student researchers recommend phasing out controversial plutonium fuel in first-of-its-kind energy study

Nuclear power plants traditionally use uranium fuel, which is relatively safe and uncontroversial. However, seven countries around the world have also used fuel made of plutonium, which is controversial because it causes cancer, may be used in nuclear weapons, and is very expensive to purify and manufacture into fuel. So why do these countries produce and use such dangerous fuel and what has been their experience?

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Media MentionJuly 13, 2018
OPINION: How not to reduce Japan's plutonium stockpile

In an opinion piece for Kyodo News, Alan J. Kuperman, associate professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, discusses the looming deadlines facing Japan regarding its stockpiles of Plutonium and what plans may be best to ease nuclear tension in the region. 

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