Catherine Kelleher

Senior Fellow

Catherine McArdle Kelleher has had a distinguished career both in academia and in government. She is a College Park Professor, University of Maryland at College Park, and  also holds a research appointment as Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute, Brown University, and the honorary title of Research Professor Emeritus, U.S. Naval War College. She is a member of the Naval Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences. She was also named an honorary professor at the Free University of Berlin, and was a Senior Faculty Associate for 2004-2009 at the Geneva Center for Security Policy in Geneva, Switzerland. She serves as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Naval Analysis in Washington.

Her areas of policy analysis have included the development of cooperative European security, American-Russian relations, the evolution of NATO, the acquisition of theater nuclear forces, the verification of a comprehensive nuclear test ban, and European defense and security policies, both at the level of the Union and Paris, Berlin, and London. In the Clinton Administration, she was the Personal Representative of the Secretary of Defense in Europe and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. Professor Kelleher''s other governmental experience includes a position on the National Security Council staff during the Carter Administration and a series of consulting assignments under Republican and Democratic administrations in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and the Department of the Army. She was Professor of Military Strategy at the National War College.

Professor Kelleher has had a wide range of academic involvement in the field of national security studies. She has taught at Columbia, Illinois-Chicago, Michigan, the Graduate School of International Studies at Denver and was founding Director of the Center for International Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), as well as a Professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland. She has been a research fellow at the Institute of Strategic Studies in London, a Kistiakowsky fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received individual research grants from NATO, the Council on Foreign Relations, the German Marshall Fund, the Carnegie Corporation, and the Ford Foundation. She is the author of more than seventy books, monographs and articles.

Professor Kelleher has also been active in the design and implementation of programs to broaden education in security studies, both nationally and internationally, in universities and think tanks, and within the military. She is the founder of Women in International Security program (, dedicated to developing career opportunities for women in this field. She has served on many international research boards, including those of SIPRI and the IISS, as well as the Carnegie Commision for a European Security Initiative (EASI). Professor Kelleher holds degrees from Mt. Holyoke College (A.B. and D.Litt) and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D.). She is the recipient of the Medal for Distinguished Public Service of the Department of Defense, the Director’s Medal from the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Cross of Honor in Gold of the Federal Armed Forces of Germany. In 2004, she was awarded the Manfred Woerner Medal by the German Ministry of Defense for her contributions to peace and security in Europe.