Brian Starks


Pre-Doctoral Fellow

Brian is a Pre-doctoral Fellow at the Center for International Trade and Security (CITS). Before beginning his doctoral program, Brian worked in strategic trade and sanctions compliance for UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS). During this time, he maintained export authorizations, trained UTAS employees to classify commodities, and worked with other UTAS functional groups to promote internal compliance program requirements. In addition to the private sector, Brian has previously interned at Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he supported Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration nonproliferation-related programs. Brian’s research interests include illicit proliferation networks, internal compliance programs, and how government, industry, and academia interact while implementing strategic trade and sanctions regulations. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Business Management and a Master’s of International Policy. Brian is currently a doctoral candidate in international relations and quantitative methodology.