Mackenzie Knight is a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow on the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, where she researches the status and trends of global nuclear forces and the role of nuclear weapons. Previously, Mackenzie worked as a Policy and Communications Intern at the Arms Control Association, as a summer fellow with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), as an Analyst Intern with Shephard Media in London, and most recently as a Graduate Research Assistant at CNS while obtaining her master’s degree.
Mackenzie graduated with her MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California in May 2023. Mackenzie graduated with two bachelor’s degrees from Indiana University in 2021: Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, and an individualized bachelor’s degree in Policy and Intelligence Analysis that she designed and defended herself. She won an Outstanding Senior Project Award for her undergraduate thesis, “A Case Study in Intelligence Disinformation: The Bush Administration’s Myth of Iraqi Uranium Purchases that Led to War.” While attending IU, Mackenzie worked as an office and research assistant for former Congressman Lee Hamilton.