Nancy Gallagher

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Nancy Gallagher is the Director of the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) and a Research Professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. She leads the Advanced Methods of Cooperative Security Program, an interdisciplinary effort initiated with John Steinbruner to address the security implications of globalization by developing more refined rules and systematic transparency arrangements to minimize the potential for deliberate or inadvertent misuse of powerful, multipurpose technologies. 

Gallagher is completing a book project on Strategic Logics for Arms Control, which explores what, if any, role legally binding agreements with major powers that are not allies should play in twenty-first century security policy by exploring both the arms control concepts that have dominated US policy debates during and after the Cold War and the political processes that have determined arms control outcomes. Her current research agenda also includes space and cybersecurity policy, US and Iranian public opinion about the nuclear deal, requirements for a large-scale global expansion of nuclear energy that does not increase risks from proliferation or terrorist access, and multi-stakeholder approaches to global governance. 

Gallagher authored The Politics of Verification (John Hopkins, 1999) and edited Arms Control: New Approaches to Theory and Policy (Frank Cass, 1998). She has co-authored three monographs: Comprehensive Nuclear Material Accounting: A Proposal to Reduce Global Nuclear Risk (2014); Reconsidering the Rules for Space Security (2008); and Controlling Dangerous Pathogens (2007).  She has conducted a series of studies about U.S. and Iranian public opinion on the 2015 nuclear deal, and written numerous policy reports, articles, and op eds. She won the University of Maryland’s 2015 Research Communication Impact Award, and its Outstanding Invention of 2016 award for her development, with Charles Harry, of a cybersecurity risk analysis framework.

Before coming to the University of Maryland, Gallagher worked at the State Department and the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. She was the Executive Director of the Clinton administration’s Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Task Force.  She has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois and a B.A. in History from Carleton College.