Welcome! Doreen is the current Roger L. Hale Fellow at Ploughshares Fund, a doctoral candidate in Security Studies at the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and a 2021 CSIS’ Project on Nuclear Issues nuclear scholar. In October, she’ll be continuing her research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Stanton Nuclear Security fellow.
Doreen’s work focuses on nuclear policy, specifically public opinion and counter-proliferation, as well as norms of nuclear and chemical weapons. She is currently completing her dissertation titled “An Illusional Nuclear Taboo: Mechanisms of Domestic Attitudinal Patterns for Extreme Methods of War.” The work discusses the psychological causal mechanism of Israeli and U.S. public support for the use of nuclear weapons. Her work has been published as scholarly articles in Third World Quarterly, Defense and Security Analysis, and Democratization and political commentaries in War on the Rocks, The Conversation, Inkstick Media, and Duck of Minerva.
While at UCF, Doreen taught Strategic Weapons and Arms Control and American Foreign Policy and worked as research assistant for UCF’s Kurdish Political Studies Program under Güneş Murat Tezcür and teaching assistant for various courses in political science and international relations.
Prior to her PhD studies, Doreen pursued a Master’s degree in International Relations at New York University as a DAAD Fellow (German Academic Exchange Service). She also worked as editor for the Journal of Political Inquiry. Previously, she has been a research assistant for Dr. James Nolt and interned with Human Rights Watch in NYC, the German Federal Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) in Berlin, Congressman Eliot L. Engel in Riverdale, and Covalence EthicalQuote in Geneva.
While a Division 1 track and field athlete, she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Manhattan College (2015) with a B.A. in International Studies.
Doreen is from a tiny village in rural Germany (Lumpzig) and currently resides in Orlando, FL. (When she is not being a nerdy academic, she completes obstacle races, plays volleyball, travels, hikes, boulders, and listens to Rammstein.)
Her dissertation in 3 minutes:
New Article in the Third World Quarterly: “A Conditional Norm: Chemical Warfare from Colonialism to Contemporary Civil Wars”