Bronson is the President and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists where she oversees the publishing programs, the management of the Doomsday Clock, and a growing set of activities around nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, climate change and emerging technologies. Before joining the Bulletin, she served for eight years at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in a number of capacities including: vice president of studies, vice president of programs and studies, and senior fellow, global energy. She also taught "Global Energy" as an adjunct professor at the Kellogg School of Management.
Prior to moving to Chicago, Bronson served as senior fellow and director of Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Earlier positions include senior fellow for international security affairs at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and adjunct professor at Columbia University. Bronson's book, Thicker than Oil: America's Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia (Oxford University Press, 2006), has been translated into Japanese and was published in paperback in June 2008.
Her writings have appeared in hundreds of publications including Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Huffington Post and The Chicago Tribune. She has appeared as a commentator on numerous radio and television outlets, including National Public Radio, CNN, al Jazerra, the Yomiuri Shimbun, "PBS NewsHour," "The Charlie Rose Show," and "The Daily Show." Bronson has served as a consultant to NBC News and testified before the congressional Task Force on Anti-Terrorism and Proliferation Financing, Congress’s Joint Economic Committee, and the 9/11 Commission.
Bronson is a board director of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani and the Truman National Security Program. She has served as co-chair of Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Producer Guild, and as a board member of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Bronson was named by Today’s Chicago Woman magazine as one of 100 Women to Watch (2012), 20 Women to Watch by Crain’s Chicago Business (2008), a Carnegie Corporation Scholar (2003) and a Glamour Magazine “Wow Woman” (2002). She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of Chicago and the Pacific Council. She earned a BA in history at the University of Pennsylvania and a MA and PhD in political science from Columbia University in 1997.
Renowned graphic designer Michael Bierut created much of the Bulletin’s current visual look and feel. He also created the near-perfect logo—the letter H with a horizontal arrow integrated and driving forward—for Hillary Clinton’s less-than-perfect 2016 presidential campaign. In a recent Design Observer piece, Bierut explains the equally surprising journey during which the Hillary 2016 logo went from panned to praised to past tense.
President Barack Obama used his unprecedented visit to Hiroshima to call attention to the grave threat nuclear weapons still pose to the world. The Bulletin’s Executive Director and Publisher Rachel Bronson appeared on PBS’s NewsHour alongside former Assistant Secretary of State Stephen Rademaker to discuss that threat and the president’s nuclear legacy. Watch the segment now.
Renowned graphic designer Michael Bierut has called the Bulletin’s Doomsday Clock the most powerful piece of information design of the 20th century, and last week’s Clock announcement showed its impact to have continued—and grown—well into the 21st.
The Hiroshima anniversary provides an opportunity to reflect on lessons learned (or not learned) from nuclear war and seven decades of trying to prevent its recurrence, and to apply that knowledge to the current situation in the Middle East