Continuing its longstanding investment in scholarly research, Carnegie Corporation of New York established the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program in 2015 to provide a major boost to the social sciences and humanities. Each year, the Corporation provides more than 30 of the country’s most creative thinkers with grants of up to $200,000 each to support research on challenges to democracy and international order.
Carnegie Fellow Matthew Fuhrmann is an associate professor of political science and Ray A. Rothrock `77 Fellow at Texas A&M University. He is the author of Atomic Assistance: How “Atoms for Peace” Programs Cause Nuclear Insecurity (Cornell University Press, 2012) and the coauthor of Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy (Cambridge University Press, 2016). His work has been published or is forthcoming in peer reviewed journals such as American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, International Organization, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, and Journal of Politics. He has also written opinion pieces for The Atlantic (online), The Christian Science Monitor, Slate, and USA Today.
How has the Carnegie Fellows Program impacted your research and overall career?
Fuhrmann: I am grateful to the Carnegie Corporation of New York for establishing this program, and I am deeply honored to be named one of the 2016 fellows. The Andrew Carnegie Fellowship provides me with a wonderful opportunity to step back and think about pressing global challenges. During my time as a Carnegie Fellow, I will be working on a new project about nuclear technology and international security.
What topics in research do you primarily focus on? How can people access your work?
Fuhrmann: My research addresses the role of military power in international politics, focusing on two main questions: How and why do military technologies spread internationally? What effect does the global diffusion of military power have on the way that countries behave? I have examined these questions mostly in the context of nuclear weapons, but I am now focusing on “drones” and other emerging technologies.
More information about my work is available on my website. You can follow me on Twitter @mcfuhrmann.
What would be one piece of advice you would give aspiring social science and humanities students?
Fuhrmann: Be intellectually curious and question the conventional wisdom; try and explain things that you find puzzling and that carry real-world implications.
Read more here about Matthew Fuhrmann’s work.