Nancy Gallagher Named CISSM Director

January 31, 2017

Citing her leadership and scholarly accomplishments, the dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, Robert Orr, appointed Nancy Gallagher as the next director of the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM).

“Nancy has been an integral part of CISSM’s success and growth for nearly two decades. She is well respected among her peers in the field of international security policy and has a track-record of engaging in high-impact, policy-relevant research,” says Orr. “In addition, she has consistently contributed to the School of Public Policy’s core mission to instill in our students a keen understanding of the substantive issues and processes that drive international policy making. I expect great things from CISSM under her leadership.” 

“I’m gratified by the opportunity to lead CISSM. I look forward to building on the success of past CISSM research, education, and outreach and to expanding CISSM’s focus and collaborations further,” says Gallagher. 

Gallagher succeeds John Steinbruner as CISSM director. Gallagher began her career at the School of Public Policy in 2001. In 2006, she became CISSM’s associate director for research and as a senior research scholar at the school. Together with Steinbruner, Gallagher launched CISSM’s Advanced Methods of Cooperative Security program, which has resulted in research on a range of dual-use technology security challenges. Among the major publications that Gallagher coauthored as part of the program are “Controlling Dangerous Pathogens” (2007), “Reconsidering the Rules for Space” (2008), and “Comprehensive Nuclear Material Accounting" (2013). She’s also expanded CISSM’s public opinion research work on international security issues, including international negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, which led to the launch of CISSM’s project on “Security Cooperation with Iran.” 

How national governments can cooperate with each other and nongovernmental actors to govern global policy challenges has always been at the core of Gallagher’s research and led her to develop two new graduate courses at the school, “International Security Policy” and “Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Cooperative Security.” This goal also informs her current book project on the “Strategic Logics of Arms Control.”

Prior to joining CISSM and the school, 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 is the author of The Politics of Verification (1999) and numerous articles in academic journals and the popular press. She received her PhD in political science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.