Ottawa Sanders

Raymond Frankel Nuclear Security Policy Fellow
(617) 576-5014

As the Raymond Frankel Nuclear Security Policy Fellow at the American Academy of Art and Sciences, Dr. Ottawa Sanders works on events, publications, and projects in the Global Security and International Affairs program area. She was previously a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the U.S. Naval War College, where she taught international relations and foreign policy analysis to military officers and civilian leaders in the federal government.

Sanders is a former Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Brookings. Before that, she was an adjunct at the University of Maryland where she designed and taught a course on the politics of nuclear proliferation. She has expertise in nuclear deterrence, arms control, and nuclear nonproliferation. Other research interests include Great Power competition, inter-Korean relations, and disruptive emerging technologies.

Sanders received her doctorate in Political Science from Indiana University, and her dissertation examined the factors accounting for why minor power leaders pursue and develop nuclear weapons programs. She earned master’s degrees from Binghamton University and the University of Birmingham in Birmingham, England.