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. He also 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 trips to Iraq, Oman, and South Sudan. Austin graduated summa cum laude from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in Islamic studies in 2018.
Treston is a research associate at the Wisconsin Project. He contributes research to the Risk Report database with a focus on North Korea and its proliferation networks in Africa and Asia. He also assists in managing Risk Report subscriber relations and maintenance of the Risk Report database. 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, summa cum laude, with a degree in history and politics.
Meghan Peri Crimmins
Meghan is a senior associate at the Wisconsin Project. She contributes to the organization’s research on sanctions and counterproliferation finance for both the Risk Report and Iran Watch. Meghan also directs advocacy at the Wisconsin Project, designs and delivers strategic trade control outreach, and manages Risk Report subscriber relations. Previously, Meghan represented clients for ten years at a 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.
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. She also assists in managing Risk Report subscriber relations and outreach. Prior to joining the Wisconsin Project, Rebecca worked at the Department of Justice in the Networks and Technology Enforcement Section of the Antitrust Division including on matters related to nuclear waste, semiconductor manufacturing, and telecommunications. Rebecca holds a B.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she focused on International Politics and Security Studies.
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.
Simon is a research assistant at the Wisconsin Project. He conducts research on Iran’s nuclear and missile programs and on the entities contributing to those programs. Simon’s research supports both Iran Watch and the Risk Report. Prior to joining the Wisconsin Project, Simon worked as a researcher for the Atomic Heritage Foundation, writing articles on nuclear history and Manhattan Project veterans. He holds a B.A. in History from Georgetown University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Russian from the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia in Saint Petersburg.
Jonathan is a research associate at the Wisconsin Project. He tracks companies and countries of proliferation concern with a focus on Russia, Syria, and South Asia and assists in the maintenance and population of the Risk Report. Jonathan uses his Russian-language skills to support this research. He graduated summa cum laude 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. Prior to joining the Project, 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.