Rupal Mehta Portrait
Associate Professor Political Science

Professor Rupal Mehta's research interests lie in international security and conflict, with a particular interest in nuclear security, latency, extended deterrence, nonproliferation, force structure, and deterrence theory. Her dissertation book project explores the conditions under which states that have started nuclear weapons programs stop their pursuit.

She is also a member of the University of Nebraska's National Strategic Research Institute where she consults for USSTRATCOM. Her co-authored work has appeared in the Journal of Conflict Resolution and she is a researcher with Center for Pacific Studies at the University of California San Diego where she explores the evolution of cross-domain deterrence in the 21st century.

Professor Mehta received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, and B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, she was a researcher at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. From 2014-2015, Professor Mehta was on leave as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Belfer Center in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Research Areas

  • International Security
  • International Relations Theory
  • Formal/Quantitative Methods
  • Research Design/Political Analysis
  • Comparative Politics
  • South Asia


"The Determinants of Nuclear Force Structure." Journal of Conflict Resolution, April 2014. With Erick Gartzke, Jeffrey Kaplow.

Career Highlights

  • Joined UNL Faculty, 2014
  • Ph.D., University of California San Diego