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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

United States

Company Description

The mission of MIT is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. MIT is dedicated to providing its students with an education that com ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Director

The Strauss Center

Part of the New Cold War History Series

University of North Carolina Press

Affiliations

Adjunct Senior Fellow With the Strategy and Statecraft Program
New American Security

Member
Council on Foreign Relations

Advisor
McKinsey & Company

Board Member
The Long Now Foundation

Historian
University of Texas at Austin

Olin National Security Fellow At Center for International Affairs
Harvard University

Senior Research Fellow
Nobel Institute

Research Fellow At the Miller Center of Public Affairs
University of Virginia

Founding Member
Historical Society

Education

B.A.

Political Science

University of Chicago

M.A.

Diplomatic History

University of Pennsylvania

Master of Studies

Modern European History

Oxford

Master of Studies

Modern European history

University of Oxford

Ph.D.

Diplomatic History

University of Pennsylvania

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We All Support the Iran Deal - Win Without War

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Francis Gavin, Professor at MIT-"I think the deal is a good one, both for the U.S. and the international community, and I have been puzzled by the concerns of the critics.


In major extension of MIT nuclear ...

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In major extension of MIT nuclear policy studies, Gavin begins work as first Frank Stanton Chair

...
2014 marks a major extension of this engagement, with the appointment of Francis Gavin as the first Frank Stanton Chair in Nuclear Policy Studies, on the strength of a $5 million endowment from the Stanton Foundation.
"We're in a renaissance of nuclear studies now, and MIT is at the center of it - a majority of the scholars whose work I most admire have come from this program," says Gavin, who joins the Institute after 14 years at the University of Texas at Austin, where he launched and led the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law and served as the first Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
"The Security Studies Program brings together scientists and the engineering community; military people who have to deal with the realities of command and control, custody, and training; and people who worry about diplomacy and the politics that surround it," Gavin says. "It's a truly interdisciplinary environment, and it makes me feel like a student all over again."
Gavin earned PhD and master's degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree from Oxford, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago, and he has held numerous fellowships, including posts at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and Center for International Affairs and a senior research fellowship at the Nobel Institute in Norway. He began work at MIT in January, and he is planning to teach graduate and undergraduate classes on nuclear politics and history and on international security and U.S. foreign policy.
He is also eager to encourage and facilitate "research that has true policy relevance - on front-page issues like Iran and North Korea," he says.
...
"The Stanton Foundation has provided incredible opportunities to develop better understanding of nuclear dangers, not just for me but for senior scholars at other universities, and for younger scholars with their fellowships," Gavin says.
The appointment of Gavin is somewhat unconventional, as he is a historian by training rather than a political scientist. "I don't know that there's another political science department in the country that would do that; it shows why MIT is such an extraordinary place," says Gavin, whose recently published "Nuclear Statecraft: History and Strategy in America's Atomic Age" draws on years of research into declassified archival documents to challenge conventional assumptions about how U.S. nuclear policy was developed.
"There was a sense among many of the great thinkers that the larger issues of nuclear dynamics were resolved 40 years ago," says Gavin, "but they weren't, and still aren't, and probably won't be. Wrestling with complex technical issues is often a challenge in the policy world and in a democracy, whether it's the National Security Agency, cyber warfare, or nuclear technology. It's important to understand the technology, but also to understand that everything is done in a political context, and frankly, it's the political context that matters more - politics always trumps technology."
With this in mind, Gavin says he hopes to expose students and researchers to the historian's thought process and methods, including quantitative and formal tools. "I'm convinced that to understand international politics, you have to understand history and think historically," he says.


In major extension of MIT nuclear ...

www.keanbirch.org [cached]

In major extension of MIT nuclear policy studies, Gavin begins work as first Frank Stanton Chair

...
2014 marks a major extension of this engagement, with the appointment of Francis Gavin as the first Frank Stanton Chair in Nuclear Policy Studies, on the strength of a $5 million endowment from the Stanton Foundation.
"We're in a renaissance of nuclear studies now, and MIT is at the center of it - a majority of the scholars whose work I most admire have come from this program," says Gavin, who joins the Institute after 14 years at the University of Texas at Austin, where he launched and led the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law and served as the first Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
"The Security Studies Program brings together scientists and the engineering community; military people who have to deal with the realities of command and control, custody, and training; and people who worry about diplomacy and the politics that surround it," Gavin says. "It's a truly interdisciplinary environment, and it makes me feel like a student all over again."
Gavin earned PhD and master's degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree from Oxford, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago, and he has held numerous fellowships, including posts at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and Center for International Affairs and a senior research fellowship at the Nobel Institute in Norway. He began work at MIT in January, and he is planning to teach graduate and undergraduate classes on nuclear politics and history and on international security and U.S. foreign policy.
He is also eager to encourage and facilitate "research that has true policy relevance - on front-page issues like Iran and North Korea," he says.
...
"The Stanton Foundation has provided incredible opportunities to develop better understanding of nuclear dangers, not just for me but for senior scholars at other universities, and for younger scholars with their fellowships," Gavin says.
The appointment of Gavin is somewhat unconventional, as he is a historian by training rather than a political scientist. "I don't know that there's another political science department in the country that would do that; it shows why MIT is such an extraordinary place," says Gavin, whose recently published "Nuclear Statecraft: History and Strategy in America's Atomic Age" draws on years of research into declassified archival documents to challenge conventional assumptions about how U.S. nuclear policy was developed.
"There was a sense among many of the great thinkers that the larger issues of nuclear dynamics were resolved 40 years ago," says Gavin, "but they weren't, and still aren't, and probably won't be. Wrestling with complex technical issues is often a challenge in the policy world and in a democracy, whether it's the National Security Agency, cyber warfare, or nuclear technology. It's important to understand the technology, but also to understand that everything is done in a political context, and frankly, it's the political context that matters more - politics always trumps technology."
With this in mind, Gavin says he hopes to expose students and researchers to the historian's thought process and methods, including quantitative and formal tools. "I'm convinced that to understand international politics, you have to understand history and think historically," he says.


This new grant will be managed ...

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This new grant will be managed through the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs at the Maxwell School, and will be co-led by Steinberg; Margaret Hermann, Gerald and Daphna Cramer Professor of Global Affairs and director of the Moynihan Institute; and Francis J. Gavin, Frank Stanton Chair in Nuclear Security Policy Studies and professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Academic Exchange | The Participants

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Frank Gavin: Frank Stanton Chair in Nuclear Security Policy Studies and Professor of Political Science at MIT

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