Stephen Black, a native of Mansfield, is a Fellow in the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
From 1993 to 1999, he was historian to the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM). Black has also served as deputy chief inspector, inspector, mission planner, operations officer and report coordinator on 15 UNSCOM chemical and biological weapons inspections in Iraq.
He has been published in Nature, Contemporary security Policy, and Politics and the Life Sciences. Black has contributed chapters to Shadows and Substance: The Chemical Weapons Convention (B. Morel and K. Olson eds., Westview, 1993) and Biological Weapons: Limiting the Threat (J. Lederberg ed., MIT Press, 1999).
He received his masters degree, with a specialization in international security studies, from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh. Black received his bachelors degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University.
From 1990 to 1992, he was a research assistant at Carnegie Mellons Program on International Peace and Security where his efforts focused on verification and implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.