Alex Bollfrass is a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs working on a dissertation on intelligence assessments of nuclear weapons programs. This research compares the performance of intelligence agencies in the United States, Sweden, Switzerland, and the former East Germany. He is also the co-author of two forthcoming scientific papers on the implications of changes in climate for human conflict and is applying advanced natural language statistical techniques to investigate the evolution of diplomatic rhetoric related to nuclear weapons. For the 2015/16 academic year, he has been appointed as a Bradley Fellow and a Center for International Security Studies Fellow and is a Nonresident Fellow at the Stimson Center.
Mr. Bollfrass was previously a visiting scholar and research associate with the Stimson Center’s Nuclear Weapons and International Security program, where he served as co-editor of two books on the technical and political obstacles to nuclear disarmament. Mr. Bollfrass has held the Scoville Fellowship at the Arms Control Association and reported for Arms Control Today on nuclear and chemical weapons issues. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, CNN, the Nonproliferation Review, among others, and he has presented to a wide range of citizen groups and policymakers on nuclear proliferation and intelligence topics.
Mr. Bollfrass is a native German and English speaker and gives instructions to computers in R and Python. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and two Master's degrees in public policy from Princeton University.