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Welcome to the home of the American University Nuclear Studies Institute. Founded in 1995, the Institute is dedicated to educating the public about crucial aspects of nuclear history. To that end, the Institute offers a summer program consisting of two classes at American University plus a third class—a study abroad trip to Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Kyoto. As part of its mission, the Institute is participating in the Nuclear Education Project, which is a worldwide effort to improve access to teaching and learning materials regarding the history of the nuclear arms race, from the dropping of nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to current efforts to curb the spread of nuclear weapons.

We will be posting a variety of materials pertaining to the development and effects of nuclear weaponry, including information about the devastation wrought by past use of nuclear weapons. The Institute hopes this site will become a useful resource for all those seeking information—teachers, students, activists, politicians, citizens—while also providing an open forum for discussion.


Peter J Kuznick, Director

Vincent Intondi, Director of Research

Eric Singer, Assistant Director of Research

Allen Pietrobon, Assistant Director of Research

For information on volunteer and internship opportunities with the Nuclear Studies Institute, please contact Professor Peter Kuznick at:


Phone: 202-885-2408

Related Links

Current NSI Brochure.

Photo galleries from past years.

2009 NSI Video by Kai Keane.

Life-Changing Experience

Jonathan Muniz gives a firsthand account of the Nuclear Studies Institute summer study abroad trip to Japan.

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Programs Abroad

Study Tour in Japan, July 30-August 11, 2015

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Programs on Campus

Courses and activities on campus

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Nuclear Education Project

Resources for Nuclear Education

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