Henrietta Toivanen

STEP Ph.D. Student

I am a Ph.D. candidate at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, in the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP) cluster, with Professor Christopher Chyba serving as my advisor.

I have broad and interdisciplinary research interests in issues relating to international security policy, particularly diplomacy and negotiations. My past work has focused on arms control and verification, both from political and technical perspectives, but I am increasingly interested in expanding my research into the psychological dimensions of the decision-making processes relating to these contexts. I am particularly interested in cases that involve asymmetric power dynamics between the involved parties, especially between the United States and Iran, but I also focus on other contemporary and historical cases.

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Biophysics and International Relations from Claremont McKenna College in 2017. During my undergraduate studies, I had internship experiences in Washington, D.C., Switzerland and India, and worked at the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory prior to starting my Ph.D. studies at Princeton.

I was born and raised in a Finnish-Polish family in Kuopio, Finland. Alongside with my academic work, I love traveling, hiking, and photography, and most importantly spending time with my family and friends.