Nina Srinivasan Rathbun

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University of Southern California 08/2008-present

School of International Relations


Taught upper division undergraduate classes on Globalization, Global Governance, and Foreign Policy of Eastern Europe. Faculty mentor for incoming freshmen and transfer students in three international relations and political science learning communities. Arranged and moderated numerous faculty and alumni speaking events on a range of topics to help prepare students for their academic and career choices. Moderated debates about current issues in international affairs occurring in Washington. Faculty advisor for the newly reconstituted international relations undergraduate association. Oversaw the creation of an advanced internet outreach to international relations undergraduates through social media networking and creation of a USC blog on international relations issues. Faculty interviewer for Trusteeship and Presidential scholarship finalists and Fulbright Scholarship nominees.

Indiana University 01/2007-06/2008

Department of Political Science, Russian and East European Institute and Center for Global and American Security

Research Associate, Fellow and Lecturer

Taught graduate and upper division undergraduate classes on International Law, Post-Communist Politics and Societies, and Globalization. Researched on nuclear nonproliferation policy and the IAEA safeguards regime. Researched and lectured on current US foreign policies. Taught students how to research and analyze numerous source materials to evaluate different country’s positions on specific contemporary conflicts involving international law.

Concordia University 09/2005-09/2006

Department of Political Science

Assistant Professor (LTA)

Researched and wrote scholarly articles on current efforts to strengthen the nuclear nonproliferation regime, nonproliferation in the Indian subcontinent, and recent efforts to increase U.S.-Indian nuclear cooperation. Taught upper division undergraduate classes on International Law, International Relations and Globalization.

Presidential Management Fellow 09/2003-09/2005

U.S. Department of State

Foreign Affairs Officer, Office of Multilateral Nuclear Affairs, Nonproliferation Bureau, 10/04- 09/05, 09/03-05/04

Advanced U.S. interests through bilateral and multilateral negotiations on the implementation of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in preparation for the Third Session of the Preparatory Committee meeting and the 2005 NPT Review Conference. Conducted research and analysis and wrote reports on U.S. nuclear nonproliferation policy concerning NPT compliance. Served on numerous U.S. delegations to key capitals, including Tokyo, Canberra, Ottawa, Jakarta, Mexico City, as well as to foreign government Missions in New York and Vienna, to discuss and persuade allies and others of the U.S. core goal to strengthen the nonproliferation aspects of the NPT.

Science Attaché, IAEA Section, U.S. Mission to International Organizations (UNVIE), 05/04-10/04

Served as the focal point on behalf of U.S. Mission for coordination of all U.S. support to the IAEA technical cooperation, nuclear applications and nuclear energy programs from a policy, technical, and programmatic standpoint. Managed U.S. programmatic, financial, and technical support to IAEA Technical Cooperation Funds and Footnote A voluntary contributions, which provide assistance to develop peaceful nuclear programs. Conducted research and analysis and wrote reports on IAEA verification of safeguards implementation in Iran and Libya. Served on U.S. delegations to the June and September IAEA Board of Governors meetings, as well as its annual General Conference. Negotiated six nuclear application and energy resolutions, and one technical cooperation resolution. Assisted negotiation on resolution on the implementation of safeguards in Iran. Developed recommendations to support U.S. nonproliferation and promotion of peaceful nuclear application goals, including President Bush’s IAEA initiatives, such as the establishment of a Special Committee on Safeguards and Verification, and the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) programs on nuclear applications and technical cooperation. Reviewed the IAEA’s 2005-2006 technical cooperation program and projects to ensure consistency with U.S. nonproliferation and sustainable development objectives.

Mershon Center for International Security 08/2002-08/2003

Ohio State University

Lecturer and Visiting Scholar

Researched and wrote scholarly articles on media independence in post-communist, democratizing societies. Presented research for professional lecture series. Edited and revised dissertation into a book manuscript. Following return from 18 months of research in Eastern Europe, analyzed data from a wide range of source materials to determine the level of media independence in Bulgaria, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland and explain the cross-temporal and cross-national variations in those levels. Coordinated with foreign media personnel, foreign officials and other researchers from the region to collect and analyze data on media coverage of different political parties and governments both during and between election campaigns, government-media relations, privatization decisions that formed the commercial media market, licensing decisions made by regulatory agencies, appointments to regulatory agencies and senior management of public broadcasting corporations, and finances of public broadcasting corporations. Introduced new more comprehensive conceptualization of media independence. Developed test to evaluate the ability of different theoretical arguments to explain the legislative process creating media regulatory agencies and reforming state-owned broadcasting corporations. Taught upper-division political science classes on International Law and on International Organizations.

University of California, Berkeley 8/01-6/02, 8/98-6/00

Department of Political Science

Graduate Student Instructor

Teaching assistant for classes on International Law, Comparative Politics, and International Relations. Lectured on the development of European Union law. Taught students to develop structured arguments that utilize data collected to support one’s argument and respond to possible counterarguments.

Center for International and Security Studies 4/96-12/96

University of Maryland

Editorial Assistant

Assisted in editing a volume on contemporary issues of nonproliferation and arms control.

Congressional Research Service 2/96-6/96

Foreign Affairs and National Defense Div.

Research Intern

Researched and prepared impartial written analyses of the India-Pakistan border disputes, UN funding as well as its peacekeeping operations, NATO expansion, US-European relations, and reproductive health policies across the world for Congressional representatives and their staff. Tracked FBIS reports to assist researchers on numerous different projects.


Ph.D. in Political Science, June 2003

University of California, Berkeley

Masters of Arts in Political Science, May 1997

University of California, Berkeley

Bachelors of Arts in Government and English, May 1995

Wesleyan University

Honors: Phi Beta Kappa


Strong analytic and editorial skills. Extensive research experience in nuclear nonproliferation and democratization issues. NPT, IAEA, as well as Post-Soviet and Eastern/Western European regional focus. Extensive network of representatives of foreign governments and officials from the IAEA and the UN Disarmament Division. Proficient in the use of different word-processing applications and spreadsheets.

LANGUAGES: German and Russian.


Zentrale Mittelstufenprüfung, passed German government-administered fluency exam (8/98)


Political Science Department, UC Berkeley Dissertation Fellowship 8/00-6/01

Center for German and European Studies Predissertation Fellowship 5/99-9/99

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Fellowship 6/98-9/98

University of California Graduate Opportunity Fellowship 8/96-6/98

Thomas J. Watson Memorial Scholarship 9/91-5/95

“The Role of Legitimacy in Strengthening the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime,” The

Nonproliferation Review, vol. 13, No. 2 (July 2006), pp. 227-252.

“Legitimacy, Exceptions and the Non-proliferation Regime: The Case of India,” paper presented at the

annual meeting of the Canadian Consortium on Asia Pacific Security, Ottawa, 2-4 December 2005

“The Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference 2005,” paper presented at the Global Security

Meeting, Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland, Wye River, MD,

October 13-15, 2005.

“Ruling over the Media: A Cross-National Analysis of Government Abuse,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Portland, OR, February 25-March 1, 2003.

“Ruling the Airwaves: The Partisan Politics of Broadcast Regulation in Central and Eastern Europe,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Midwest, St. Louis, MO, November 1-2, 2002.

“India and Pakistan: Analysis of Kashmir Border Disputes, 1970-1995,” co-author, Congressional Research Service Report (Washington, D.C.: 1996)

Member of American Political Science Association, International Studies Association, Women in International Security