Kristin Ven Bruusgaard

Postdoctoral Fellow - Department of Political Science
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Phone +47 22856107
Visiting address Moltke Moes vei 31 Eilert Sundts hus blokk B 0851 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1097 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Academic interests

Security studies 

Nuclear Weapons 

Strategy and Doctrine


Civil-Military Relations 

Courses taught


Dr. Kristin Ven Bruusgaard is a Postdoctoral Fellow (Assistant Professor) of Political Science at the University of Oslo, where she is part of the Oslo Nuclear Project. Her research focuses on nuclear and conventional military strategy, nuclear deterrence and crisis dynamics, the role of information warfare in peace and conflict with an emphasis on Russian strategy and European security. She has previously been a Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow and a Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University, a Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS), a senior security policy analyst in the Norwegian Armed Forces and a sergeant/junior researcher at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI). She has also worked at the Congressional Research Service in the U.S. Library of Congress, in the Norwegian Delegation to the EU and at NATO HQ. She holds a Ph.D. in Defence Studies from King’s College London, an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University, a B.A. (Hons) in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick. She is a certified language officer in the Norwegian Army. Her work has been published in Security Dialogue, Journal of Strategic Studies, Survival, War on the Rocks, Texas National Security Review, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.   


  • Journal of Strategic Studies Amos Perlmutter Prize, 2020
  • Norwegian Defence Research Establishment Publication Prize, 2009
  • Academic Achievement Award, Georgetown University, 2009
  • Dress Sword for Best Cadet, NCO/Language officer training, Norwegian Army 2005
  • Fred Hirsch Award for Academic Excellence, University of Warwick, 2002


  • Affiliate, Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University


Tags: International Politics, International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Nuclear Weapons, Russia, NATO, Europe, Norway
Published Aug. 6, 2019 2:03 PM - Last modified Feb. 16, 2021 9:54 AM