Nancy Gallagher is the Associate Director for Research at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) and a Senior Research Scholar at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. She co-directs the Advanced Methods of Cooperative Security Program, an interdisciplinary effort to address the security implications of globalization by developing more refined rules to regulate powerful, multipurpose technologies. Her current research projects assess different strategic logics for arms control, evaluate how to reduce risks associated with global nuclear energy use, and examine the relationship between American’s religious beliefs and their attitudes towards nuclear weapons, climate change, and global poverty.
Before coming to the University of Maryland, Dr. Gallagher was the Executive Director of the Clinton administration’s Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Task Force. She worked with the Special Advisor to the President and the Secretary of State on recommendations to build bipartisan support for U.S. ratification.
Dr. Gallagher is the author of The Politics of Verification (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999), the editor of Arms Control: New Approaches to Theory and Policy (Frank Cass, 1998), and the co-author of Reconsidering the Rules for Space Security (American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2008) and Controlling Dangerous Pathogens: a Prototype Protective Oversight System (CISSM, 2007). She has also written numerous articles on space security, nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, public opinion, and other topics related to global security. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.