Nancy Gallagher is the director at the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland (CISSM) and a research professor in the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. Her current research includes a book project on Strategic Logics for Arms Control; public opinion surveys about security policy in the United States, Iran and other countries; initiatives to improve cybersecurity decision-making; and cooperative strategies to reduce nuclear risks and enhance space security.
Before coming to the University of Maryland, Gallagher was 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 U.S. ratification. She has been an arms control specialist in the State Department, a Foster Fellow in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and a faculty member at Wesleyan University.
Gallagher is the author of The Politics of Verification (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999), and the editor of 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, as well as the Outstanding Invention of 2016 award for her development, with Charles Harry, of a cybersecurity risk analysis framework.