Nancy Gallagher

Member, Non-Partisan Security Group

Nancy Gallagher is the director at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) and a research professor in the University of Maryland’s 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 going 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.


    • Book: The Politics of Verification (Johns Hopkins, 1999)
    • Book Edit: Arms Control: New Approaches to Theories and Policy (Frank Class, Johns Hopkins, 1998)
    • Co-authored Monograph: Controlling Dangerous Pathogens (2007)
    • Co-authored Monograph: Reconsidering the Rules for Space Security (2008)
    • Co-authored Monograph:Comprehensive Nuclear Material Accounting: A Proposal to Reduce Global Nuclear Risk (2014)