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Brett Reichert

TPI DIRECTOR’S FELLOW

Brett Reichert is a U.S. Army Goodpaster Fellow and PhD student in Public Policy at Cornell University. His research examines how emerging military technology affects conflict dynamics and the use of force. He is interested in the ways legal regimes respond to and shape technological development in armed conflict and the national security context. He is particularly interested in the rise of automation and autonomy in military systems. He holds a Master’s of Policy Management from Georgetown University. Prior to joining Cornell, Brett was a Bradley Fellow assigned to the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the 40th Army Chief of Staff.

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Dr. Lilly Muller

FELLOW

Lilly Pijnenburg Muller is a Fellow at the Cornell Brooks Tech Policy Institute. Her work focuses on the intersection between politics, security, and technology. Muller is also a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Science & Technology Studies and in the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict at Cornell University. Previously she worked as a Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and as a James Martin Fellow in the Global Cyber Security Capacity Building Centre (GCSCC) at the University of Oxford. Lilly holds a PhD from the War Studies Department at King’s College London.

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Dr. Jean-François Bélanger

NON-RESIDENT FELLOW

Jean-François Bélanger is an expert on nuclear politics, disruptive and emerging technologies, and coercive diplomacy & conflict escalation. He’s currently leading Wargaming as Experiments: Strategy and Unintended Consequences (WESUE) funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 fund as part of his Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship. The project uses geopolitical simulations to understand better the causes of nuclear escalation and restraint. Jean-François is interested in the ways in which geopolitical simulations can be used to generate data in rare events, develop better heuristics for crisis decision-making, and to inform military exercises. He is a Non-Resident Fellow of the Cornell Brooks Tech Policy Institute at Cornell University and was previously a fellow at Yale’s International Security Studies and at the Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo.

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FELLOW

Amelia C. Arsenault is a PhD candidate at Cornell University’s Department of Government, in the IR subfield. Her research explores the implications of emerging technology on international relations, with a particular focus on AI, surveillance, and ‘smart city’ technologies. She contributed a chapter in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of AI Governance, and her work has been published in the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, the Harvard Business Review, and the Journal of Peace Research (forthcoming). Her doctoral research has received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Department of National Defence Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) Scholarship Initiative.

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Avishai Melamed

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Avishai Melamed is a PhD Student at Cornell University’s Department of Government in the International Relations subfield. His research focuses on the politics of technology, science diplomacy, and patterns of international cooperation and competition. He has published in Acta Astronautica and the Journal of Space Safety Engineering, and written for the Center for Space Policy and Strategy and Brookings TechStream. Avishai holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – International Relations and History from University of California, San Diego.

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Adi Rao

INDUSTRY FELLOW

Adi Rao is a PhD candidate at Cornell University’s Department of Government and associate at the RAND Corporation. He is currently an Industry Fellow at Cornell University’s Tech Policy Institute. He researches national security and technology issues, including space politics, cyber defense, and the political economy of semiconductor chip supply chains. He earned his BA in Economics from NYU in 2015 and an MA in Politics from Columbia University in 2018.

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Dr. Jon McCandless

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Dr. Jon McCandless is an Ignite Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University, where he is working to commercialize his research on semiconductors. Prior to Cornell, Jon worked at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) focusing on device fabrication and testing of gallium nitride and gallium oxide devices. He was a member of the ACCESS Center – a joint center between AFRL and Cornell devoted to gallium oxide. He earned his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell and received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) and was an Irwin Jacobs Family Fellow.

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Dr. Julie George

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Dr. Julie George received her PhD in the Government department at Cornell University, specializing in international security in August 2023. Broadly, her research examines the proliferation of emerging technologies and their impact on the probability and nature of conflict and cooperation in the international system. Currently, she is an International Security Program Postdoctoral Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. Previously, she was a predoctoral fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Institute (HAI) at Stanford University (2022-2023). Prior to her PhD studies at Cornell University, she worked at the Atlantic Council and completed a graduate fellowship at the Nonproliferation Education and Research Center (NEREC) housed at KAIST University in South Korea. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Boston University, where she received the Best Thesis Award and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.