Jonathan R. Hunt is a postdoctoral fellow at CISAC for 2013-2014. He was a predoctoral fellow at CISAC for 2012-2013, and received his PhD in history from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2013. His dissertation, "Into the Bargain: The Triumph and Tragedy of Nuclear Internationalism during the mid-Cold War, 1958-1970," examined how the countries of the world brokered three foundational accords to control nuclear technology in the midst of decolonization, the global spread of nuclear science and technology, and a North-South schism in internationalist thought.
He is now revising his dissertation for publication as an international history of how a burgeoning international community brought order to the Nuclear Age, entitled The Bargain: The United States, Global Nuclear Diplomacy, and the Last War, 1958-1975. Greater knowledge of why and how international stakeholders built the nonproliferation regime and established global nuclear governance will enrich contemporary debates about its future in the face of continuing and new challenges, conflicts, and controversies.
While at CISAC, Jonathan is also reflecting on the environmental dimensions of nuclear deterrence and diplomacy in the formative period of strategic thinking about nuclear weapons from 1954 to 1968. He is also at work on an article explaining American nuclear diplomacy in the Johnson years, a book chapter on Mexican nuclear diplomacy and the interactive relationship between the making of the Latin American Nuclear Free Zone and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, and a second book chapter on the importance of Soviet-American summits between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev at the twilight of the Cold War.
Jonathan graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Plan II Honors Liberal Arts; History; and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. In 2011, he was a residential fellow at the George F. Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and, in 2012, at the Security and Sustainability Program of the International Green Cross in Washington, DC. He was also a Dwight D. Eisenhower/Clifford Roberts Graduate Fellow for 2012-2013. He has published in Passport, Not Even Past, The Huffington Post, and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.