Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science

Temple University


Email: brownrl(at)


444 Gladfelter Hall

1115 Polett Walk

Philadelphia, PA 19122


Office: 215.204.7793











I am Assistant Professor of Political Science at Temple University. I am also Senior Fellow for Nuclear Security Studies for the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.


I teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level on international relations theory, international security, international organizations and nuclear weapons policy and strategy.


My research encompasses a number of issues in applying Principal-Agent Theory to international cooperation on nuclear weapons, including measures of delegation, and threats; international preferences; the importance of biased informational agents; and the problems of international enforcement.


I am the author of Nuclear Authority: The IAEA and the Absolute Weapon, forthcoming in January 2015 from Georgetown University Press. Nuclear Authority is the first rigorous study of the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency as it facilitates global efforts to control access to the absolute weapon and make safe the exploitation of nuclear energy. Even powerful states like the United States have been forced in a series of divisive cases to accommodate and comply with the power of the Agency to issue rules and commands over some areas of nuclear policy. Examining the IAEA’s contributions to international nuclear security and safety, nonproliferation, disarmament, and peaceful uses, this book argues international organizations are acquiring power over states when they can consistently marshal politically neutral but technical accurate expertise that allows states to produce collectively beneficial outcomes.