Rebecca (Becca) Earnhardt

PhD student
Research Associate, Stimson Center
University of Maryland

Becca Earnhardt is a Research Associate with the Nuclear Security program at the Stimson Center. Prior to joining Stimson, Earnhardt was a Faculty Specialist in the Unconventional Weapons and Technology Division at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, focusing on technology transfer and adoption, red team scenario development, over the horizon CBRN threats, and CBRN adversary psychology. Earnhardt’s work centers on the impact of organizational structure and bureaucratic processes on nuclear security culture, reducing nuclear terrorism risks, and analyzing nuclear enterprise responses to emerging technologies. Her current research interests include emerging technologies, nuclear and radiological terrorism, nuclear security culture, physical protection of nuclear facilities, and nuclear facility crisis operations. Earnhardt is currently pursuing a PhD in Policy Studies at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Homeland Security/Emergency Preparedness from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a M.Sc. in Biodefense from George Mason University.


  • George Mason University, M.S., Biodefense, 2017
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, B.A., Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, Summa Cum Laude, 2015
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, B.A., Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, 2015
  • Outstanding Biodefense Student, 2017
Professional Experience:
  • Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT) Researcher, START, 2016-2019
  • Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT) Research Assistant, START, 2016