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Erin Connolly is currently a master’s candidate at the University of Notre Dame Keough School of Global Affairs and Kroc Institute of International Peace. As part of this programme, she is working at the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) on Dr. Heather Williams’ team through December 2020. In this role, Erin is focused on arms control and nuclear institutions.

In addition to this work, Erin is an associate programme director with Girl Security where she focuses on diversifying the national security pipeline by engaging girls and young women. Erin’s work connects national security, personal security and public education.

Prior to her current role and masters, Erin previously served as a research assistant at the Center of Arms Control and Non-Proliferation where her work focused on educating Members of Congress and their staff on nuclear policy.


  • Intersection of personal and national security
  • Nuclear policy public education
  • U.S. nuclear policy


  • Lauren Buitta, Erin Connolly. “Increasing women’s participation in national security begins by talking with girls” May 2020, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Center for Ethics and Rule of Law.
  • Erin Connolly, Sara Kutchesfahani. “What You(th) Can do About Nuclear Weapons,” January 2019, The Outrider Foundation.
  • Erin Connolly. “Dirty Bombs and Hospitals: Removing Dangerous Radiological Material from the Public Space,” February 2019, CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues, On the Horizon: A Collection of Papers from the Next Generation.
  • Erin Connolly. “New Congress, New Tech, New Approach,” December 9, 2018, The Hill.
  • Kelsey Davenport, Sara Kutchesfahani, Erin Connolly. “Nuclear Security Summits 2010-2016” report, June 2018, FMWG and Arms Control Association.
  • Erin Connolly, Kate Hewitt. “Students aren’t taught nuclear weapons policy in school. Here’s how to fix that,” June 11, 2018, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist.
  • Erin Connolly, Abigail Stowe-Thurston. “The Consequences of War with North Korea,” January 4, 2018, Teen Vogue.