Elisa D. Harris is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM). From 1993 to 2001, she was Director for Nonproliferation and Export Controls on the National Security Council staff, where she had primary responsibility for coordinating U.S. policy on chemical, biological and missile proliferation issues.
Ms. Harris has held a number of research positions, including in the Foreign Policy Studies program at the Brookings Institution, the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies in London and the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. She is a former SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Fellow in International Peace and Security Studies and staff consultant to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives.
Ms. Harris is the author of numerous publications on chemical and biological weapons issues and has testified on such issues before the U.S. Congress. She has an A.B. in Government from Georgetown University and an M.Phil in International Relations from Oxford University.