Janani Mohan

About Me

I am a political scientist, author, and researcher with a background in technology, security (nuclear), & human rights policy. I currently work for a D.C.-based nonprofit that partners with the federal government on tech policy. I have previous experience on a variety of different projects for leading organizations including the U.S. Department of State, Sandia National Labs, U.S. Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution. As part of my work, I have written articles for think tanks & journals on policy issues ranging from media bias in India to nuclear deterrence. I hold an M.A. in International Policy from Stanford University and a B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley. 
Represented research at the United Nations/ International Atomic Energy Agency Conference (May 2017)
Interning at the U.S. Congress on policy and liaising with constituents (August 2019)
Graduated with an M.A. in International Policy from Stanford University as a Ford Dorsey Fellow (June 2022)


  • International Policy, M.A. & Ford Dorsey Fellow
  • Executive Education, Graduate School of Business
  • McCaw Fellow at Diplomatic Academy in Austria
  • Political Science, B.A.
  • UCDC program in Washington, D.C.
  • Honors: Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Work Experience

Security & Nuclear Policy

Sandia National Labs Project
Wargaming and Nuclear Deterrence Researcher

U.S. Department of State
Nuclear and International Nonproliferation Intern

Russia-Pakistan Nuclear Energy Cooperation Project
Researcher working with former Ass. Sec. Gottemoeller

Federation of American Scientists Project
Naval Nuclear Safeguards Researcher

National Commission on Service
Communications Intern

Technology Policy

Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
Policy Analyst

Center for Strategic and International Studies Project
Emerging Technologies Researcher

U.S. Congress, 
House of Representatives
CA-18 Intern

Human Rights Policy

United Nations Innovation Cell Project
Policy analyst on situation in Ukraine (nuclear and human impacts)

United Nations Development Programme
Policy consultant on development in South Africa

Transitional Justice in Southeast Asia Project
Researcher on transitional justice in ASEAN

Media Bias in India Project
Researcher on media bias and social attitudes


Dweebs Global
Co-Founder of international movement to help those affected by COVID-19

U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award – Gold Medal
Recognized for community service

Phi Beta Kappa
Honors Society member for academic excellence

Certificate of Appreciation
from National Commission Director for work

Letter of Appreciation
from U.S. Department of State Assistant Secretary for work


  • English: Native Fluency
  • Hindi: Limited Working Proficiency (2 yrs of college work)
  • French: Limited Working Proficiency (0.5 years of college work and study abroad)
  • Spanish: Colloquial Proficiency (1 yr of college work)
  • Portuguese: Colloquial Proficiency (1 qtr of college work)
  • German: Elementary Proficiency (1 qtr of college work and study abroad)
  • Arabic: Elementary Proficiency (1 yr of college work)
  • Programming: R, Some HTML/CSS
  • Design: Adobe Photoshop, Figma, Canva, Other Digital Photography
  • Website Development: WordPress Website Development, Hosting, and Security