Shea Cotton

Shea CottonSenior Research Associate

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Washington, DC

Areas of Research

  • Export Controls
  • US Industry Compliance
  • Open-Source Analysis
  • North Korean Missile Program History
  • Data Visualization


Shea Cotton supports the Export Control and Nonproliferation Program (XNP) at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Shea Cotton’s primary area of study is on US export controls and their effects on industry compliance. Shea has researched the effects of export control reform on US government law enforcement activities and also the effects disruptive technologies will have on export controls.

Shea built and manages the North Korea Missile Test Database which tracks North Korea’s missile tests. In addition, Shea manages the Global Incidents and Trafficking Database which tracks all incidents involving nuclear and other radiological material falling out of regulatory control.

Shea Cotton also examines data visualization techniques and instructs graduate students on different methods for examining large, complex data sets.


Shea Cotton earned his BA in International Affairs from the University of Georgia in 2013. He went on to earn a Master in International Policy also from the University of Georgia in 2015.


CNS Work

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