Valerie is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control. She leads the organization’s research on weapons of mass destruction supply networks, which is used by governments to support sanctions and counterproliferation actions. Valerie is Editor of Iran Watch, a website she created in 2003 to track and analyze Iran’s nuclear and missile programs and international efforts to counter these programs. She also oversees the Wisconsin Project’s Risk Report, a comprehensive database of entities suspected of involvement in WMD proliferation. She leads outreach efforts in some 40 countries to support effective strategic trade controls, including through use of the Risk Report.
Prior to joining the Wisconsin Project, Valerie worked as a researcher in several Washington D.C. think tanks and at the New York Times and Newsweek in France. She earned an M.S. at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a B.A. from Smith College.
Austin is a research assistant at the Wisconsin Project. He uses Persian-language sources in his investigations of Iranian entities linked to proliferation for both Iran Watch and the Risk Report. Prior to joining the Wisconsin Project, Austin worked as a freelance journalist covering the Muslim world, consulted for C4ADS, and interned at the American Enterprise Institute. Austin also reads and speaks Arabic, which he has used in his entity research and during reporting trips to Iraq, Oman, and South Sudan. Austin graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in Islamic studies.
John is a research associate at the Wisconsin Project. He is responsible for a project on Iran sanctions, which includes analysis of Iran’s proliferation and sanctions evasion networks. John also contributes research and writing to Iran Watch and the Risk Report. He uses his Persian language ability to support this research. Previously, he served as a field artillery officer in the U.S. Army. John graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Public & International Affairs and earned an M.A. in Global Communication from George Washington University’s Elliott School of Foreign Affairs.
Treston is a research associate at the Wisconsin Project. He contributes research to the Risk Report database and is responsible for content related to North Korea and its proliferation networks in Africa and Asia. Treston manages the organization’s social media outreach, IT systems, and data modeling and visualization work. Treston also delivers strategic trade control outreach training. Previously, he conducted advocacy related to the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war at the Syrian American Medical Society. He also worked with CARAVAN, a peacebuilding arts nonprofit. Treston grew up in Cairo, Egypt. He graduated from Lake Forest College with a degree in history and politics.
Meghan Peri Crimmins
Meghan is a senior associate at the Wisconsin Project. She oversees the organization’s work on sanctions and counterproliferation finance and contributes research and writing on these topics for both the Risk Report and Iran Watch. Meghan directs program development and advocacy at the Wisconsin Project and designs and delivers strategic trade control outreach training. She also oversees data modeling and visualization work for the Risk Report and the Iran Sanctions Project. Previously, Meghan represented energy-sector clients at an international government relations firm and also worked as a researcher at the International Finance Corporation and the State Department. She earned an M.S. at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a B.A. from George Washington University.
Ashley is a research associate at the Wisconsin Project. She is responsible for maintaining Iran Watch and contributes research and writing to the website. Ashley also supports the organization’s social media outreach. Previously, Ashley worked on arms control issues at the U.S. State Department and at the Nuclear Threat Initiative. She also worked as a consultant providing geopolitical analyses and economic research related to the Gulf Cooperation Council. Ashley earned a B.A. from Brigham Young University and a M.A. in economics and international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies.
Matthew is a senior research associate at the Wisconsin Project and editor of the Project’s Risk Report database. He oversees staff research to populate the Risk Report and is responsible for content, production, and maintenance of the database. He tracks companies and countries of proliferation concern, with much of his research focused on China. Matthew resided in Taiwan for a number of years, and reads and speaks Mandarin Chinese. He graduated from Colby College and received an M.A. in international policy studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, with a certificate in Non-Proliferation Studies.
Rebecca is a program associate at the Wisconsin Project. She provides program and operational support for both Iran Watch and Risk Report and assists in program development for the organization. Rebecca is also responsible for managing Risk Report subscriber relations and delivers strategic trade control outreach training. Previously, Rebecca worked at the Department of Justice in the Antitrust Division, including on matters related to nuclear waste, and semiconductor manufacturing. Rebecca holds a B.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Stella is a research intern at the Wisconsin Project. She applies data science techniques to identify research leads and map proliferation networks for the Risk Report. Stella uses her Mandarin Chinese language skills to conduct research on companies and countries of proliferation concern. She graduated from Smith College with a bachelor’s degree in Statistical and Data Sciences.
Jonathan is a research associate at the Wisconsin Project. He contributes research to the Risk Report database and is responsible for content related to Russia, Syria, and South Asia. Jonathan uses his Russian-language skills to support this research. Jonathan is also responsible for monitoring and updating Risk Report content related to sanctions and export control regulations and delivers strategic trade control outreach training. He graduated from the West Chester University of Pennsylvania and received an M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, where his focus was on international relations, security, and Russian foreign policy. Previously, he worked on nuclear arms control and nonproliferation at the Natural Resources Defense Council and the British American Security Information Council.
Emeritus Professor Milhollin of the University of Wisconsin Law School is President of the Wisconsin Project. Professor Milhollin holds degrees in engineering and law, and was an Administrative Judge, part-time, at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for more than a decade. He has also been a consultant on nuclear arms proliferation to the Department of Defense. He has practiced international corporate law in New York and Paris, and has taught courses on nuclear arms proliferation at Princeton University as well as at Wisconsin. Professor Milhollin directed the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control for twenty-five years. His articles and research reports have been cited and quoted widely in the international press, and he has testified frequently before Congressional committees.