Belfer Center researchers include Harvard faculty members, project directors and other expert staff, senior fellows and fellows. They contribute frequently to outside publications, advise government officials, participate in special commissions, brief journalists and policymakers, and share research results with specialists and the public.
Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom
Member of the Board
Matthew Bunn is a Professor of Practice at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. His research interests include nuclear theft and terrorism; nuclear proliferation and measures to control it; and the future of nuclear energy and its fuel cycle.
Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project, Harvard & Stanford Universities
Former Chair of International & Global Affairs faculty, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy (1993–1996), U.S. Department of Defense
Member of the Board (on leave), Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs
Former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (April 2009–October 2011)
Former Deputy Secretary of Defense (October 2011 - December 2013)
In February 2015, Ashton B. Carter became Secretary of Defense for the United States.
Dr. Carter is former director of the Belfer Center's Preventive Defense Project and former director of what is now the Belfer Center. He is on leave.
Former Director and Faculty Chair, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program
Member of the Board (on leave), Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
John P. Holdren is on leave from Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center to serve as the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is a senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His fellowship began in February 2014. At the Belfer Center, Rudd will lead a major research effort on possibilities and impacts of a new strategic relationship between China and the United States.
Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Gary Samore is the Executive Director for Research at the Belfer Center. Prior to this, he served for four years as President Obama’s White House Coordinator for Arms Control and the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Terrorism, including as U.S. Sherpa for the 2010 and 2012 Nuclear Security Summits.
Senior Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom
Hui Zhang is a Senior Research Associate in the Project on Managing the Atom at the Belfer Center. His research includes verification techniques of nuclear arms control, the control of fissile material, nuclear terrorism, China’s nuclear policy, nuclear safeguards and non-proliferation, policy of nuclear fuel cycle and reprocessing.