Dr. Nancy W. Gallagher is the Director of the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) and a Research Professor in the School of Public Policy. Current research includes a book project on Strategic Logics for Arms Control; initiatives to enhance cybersecurity; and strategies to reduce nuclear risks, enhance space security and govern emerging technologies.
Gallagher is the author of The Politics of Verification (1999) and the editor of Arms Control: New Approaches to Theory and Policy (1998). She has co-authored five monographs: The Desirability and Feasibility of Strategic Trade Controls on Emerging Technologies (2023); Minimizing the Negative Effects of Advances in Military-Relevant Space Capabilities on Strategic Stability (2023); Comprehensive Nuclear Material Accounting (2014); Reconsidering the Rules for Space Security (2008); and Controlling Dangerous Pathogens (2007). Since 2014, Gallagher and colleagues have surveyed Iranian public opinion on nuclear policy, domestic politics and regional security. She has also written numerous governmental reports, policy articles and op eds.
Gallagher won UMD's 2015 Research Communication Impact Award; the Outstanding Invention of 2016 award for her development, with Charles Harry, of a cybersecurity risk analysis framework. She also received the 2021 Provost's award for excellence in research by a professional track faculty member.
Gallagher served as the executive director of the Clinton administration's Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Task Force and worked with the Special Advisor to the President and the Secretary of State to build bipartisan support for ratification. Gallagher worked at the State Department, the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and Wesleyan University.
- International security; arms control & nonproliferation; nuclear policy; cybersecurity; space security
Improving U.S. and European security policy making toward Iran requires increasing public and official understanding of the concerns and perspectives of Iran’s leaders and citizens.Learn More about Security Cooperation with Iran: Challenges and Opportunities
Even in non-democracies, public attitudes matter. So what does the public think?Learn More about Public Opinion on International Policies
Achieving nuclear security requires fundamental changes in international relationships, the reduction of risks associated with nuclear weapons programs, and new systems to manage and secure civilian nuclear materials and facilities.Learn More about Nuclear Past, Present and Future
How do multi-stakeholder governance initiatives form? What drives or impedes cross-sector cooperation? And when are multi-stakeholder approaches most effective?Learn More about Exploring Multi-Stakeholder Governance
Minimizing the most serious forms of cyber attack, espionage, and crime without hindering beneficial uses of information technology requires skillful multi-stakeholder governance.Learn More about A Holistic Approach to Cybersecurity Risk Management
Technological and geopolitical developments underscore the need to balance a desire to preserve complete freedom of action and widely accepted governing rules as the basis for space operations.Learn More about Re-evaluating Space Security
In today’s security environment, civil conflicts, mass migration, climate change, epidemics, and other emergent phenomena create multiple, often overlapping, instabilities that exacerbate human insecurity.Learn More about Human Security
School Authors: Nancy Gallagher
Other Authors: Timothy P. McDonnell, Joshua Rovner
School Authors: Nancy Gallagher