Kuperman, Alan J. | LBJ School of Public Affairs | 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 2013-2014, he was a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and in 2009-2010 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


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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Media MentionMarch 13, 2018
The US Navy Should Start Weaning its Reactors off Bomb-Grade Uranium

It’s not often that a Navy Secretary declines money from Congress, but that’s what Richard Spencer is doing with $30 million that lawmakers want him to spend on developing a new type of nuclear propulsion system. Mr. Spencer should reconsider — for the good of the Navy, nonproliferation efforts, and national security, says LBJ Professor Alan Kuperman. 

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Media MentionFebruary 13, 2018
Target Austin: Two Minutes To Midnight

LBJ Professor Alan Kuperman on how to survive a nuclear attack in Austin. 

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