Ariel Petrovics is an assistant research scholar at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. Her research examines the effectiveness of foreign policies on issues of nuclear proliferation and the risks of counterproductive consequences in security strategies. Her work has been published by The Washington Quarterly, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Texas National Security Review, among others. Petrovics earned her PhD in political science from the University of California, Davis. She has held positions as a research fellow with the Managing the Atom project and a Stanton nuclear security postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She also was the Herbert York fellow with the University of California’s Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation and a research associate at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Center for Global Security Research. Her work has been supported by the Stanton Foundation and the Charles Koch Foundation.