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Kayla Lucero-Matteucci

Research Assistant


Kayla is a Research Assistant at the Leverhulme CFI, examining risks posed by the increased introduction of AI in defense settings, including weapon systems. As a 2021 recipient of the United Kingdom’s Marshall Scholarship, Kayla received an MPhil in Politics and International Studies from the University of Cambridge and is currently pursuing an MSc in Climate Change and International Development at the University of East Anglia. She is a Visiting Researcher at Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk and has worked for the past six years on reducing the threats posed by weapons of mass destruction, with a focus on cyber threats to nuclear arsenals, environmental and climatic consequences of nuclear detonations, and challenges to nuclear warhead verification for treaty purposes.

Kayla was the 2019-20 recipient of the Fulbright United Kingdom Open Award, collaborating with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a member of several UK diplomatic delegations for nuclear disarmament verification. She was also the 2018 James C. Gaither Junior Fellow in Nuclear Policy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Kayla has previously worked at Sandia National Laboratories, the Institute for Defense Analyses, and the United Nations. In her free time, she is a jazz and blues keyboardist. 

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