Christopher Smith

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chrissmithPosition: Nuclear Security Researcher and Intern

Expertise: Chemical/Biological Weapons, Law Enforcement, International Relations, Aid and Development

Background: Christopher Smith is from Tulsa, Oklahoma and currently lives in Tucson, Arizona.  He attended the University of Tulsa and received degrees in Chemistry, History, and Biochemistry with honors in 2011.

In the spring of 2011 he was awarded the University of Tulsa’s Ben Henneke Graft Research Fellowship and completed an MA in History in the summer of 2012; his thesis focused on American development aid in the Caribbean, specifically Jamaica, during the 1960s and 70s. Through the Henneke Fellowship he attended graduate courses at Pembroke College, Cambridge University during the summer term of 2013 while conducting thesis research and writing.  In the spring of 2012 he conducted field research in Kingston, Jamaica.

He is a PhD student at the University of Arizona studying chemistry with a primary concentration on analytical chemistry and secondary concentrations in physical chemistry and biochemistry.

In addition to his academic and scientific research experiences he has worked overseas and at home for federal and state governments in numerous venues including law enforcement/investigation operations overseas as a State Department intern, developing new biological/chemical weapons detections systems at Pacific Northwest National Lab as a DHS HS-STEM Fellow, and as a judicial intern in the Tulsa District Court of Oklahoma.

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