Nancy Gallagher appointed interim director of CISSM

May 21, 2015

Robert Orr, the dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, announced today that he was appointing Nancy Gallagher, who has been the associate director of research at CISSM since 2001, to be CISSM's interim director. Orr had the following to say about his appointment in an announcement to the school's faculty, staff, and students:

Dear Colleagues,

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve appointed Nancy Gallagher as interim director of the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), effective immediately. In addition to being the associate director for research at CISSM since 2001, Nancy is also a senior research scholar at the school and has contributed in many ways to the school’s vitality over the years.

In her time at CISSM, Nancy has been instrumental in the launch of CISSM’s signature research initiatives—including its Advanced Methods of Cooperative Security Program, its long-term collaboration with the Institute for U.S.-Canada Studies that focuses on U.S.-Russian relations, and its projects focused on energy transformation and nuclear security. She has also led additional research and outreach initiatives focused on reframing public debate about Iran’s nuclear program, governing outer space, exploring the intersection of morality and global security, and examining the many logics of arms control and international cooperation.

I have full confidence that Nancy will uphold the high-standards for research that we’ve come to expect from CISSM and will build on the forward-leaning orientation toward international security challenges that CISSM adopted under John Steinbruner. As the school expands its research activities, CISSM’s many collaborations within the school and throughout campus serve as an example of how the school can leverage the interests and expertise of faculty and students to the benefit of all. Nancy has been a big part of CISSM’s recent success, and the school and CISSM will benefit from her continued leadership.

All best,


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