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 teaches in the Master of Global Policy Studies program and is founding coordinator of the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project. His research focuses on ethnic conflict, military intervention and nuclear nonproliferation. His latest books are Plutonium for Energy? and Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa, and his recent articles include "Obama's Libya Debacle" and "Muscular Mediation and Ripeness Theory." In 2013, he was a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and in 2009 he was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, both in Washington, DC. From 2002 to 2005, 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 (D-NY), as a legislative assistant for U.S. Speaker of the House Thomas Foley (D-WA), as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. James Scheuer (D-NY), as a senior policy analyst for the nongovernmental Nuclear Control Institute, and as a fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Courses Taught
Media Expertise
  • Nuclear proliferation
  • U.S. Military Intervention
  • Ethnic Relations
  • Humanitarian Intervention
  • U.S. Foreign Policy


Media MentionOctober 9, 2020
What is behind the intensified U.S. efforts to resolve the conflict in Libya? Will it succeed? (published in Arabic)

Will America change the rules of the game between the warring parties in Libya? How long can the cease-fire continue between the contestants for the Libyan authority? What are the mechanisms to monitor this? Will external parties be required not to extend the conflict with more weapons? Will oil be an obstacle to negotiations for the new government? Professor Alan Kuperman shares his perspective on these questions. 

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Media MentionAugust 7, 2020
A look at Susan Rice, Benghazi, and unmasking

LBJ's Alan Kuperman shares his impression of former UN Ambassador Susan Rice, who was under consideration as a possible running mate for Joe Biden. 

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Media MentionJuly 2, 2020
The Bay Area is sitting on a nuclear time bomb

"Quiet as it's kept, close to San Francisco sits a commercial facility with enough highly enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon — on the scale of the bombs dropped on Japan at the end of World War II," writes LBJ's Alan Kuperman.

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