Nancy Hayden

Research Associate

Nancy K. Hayden is Principle Member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, where she is an expert on the nexus of international security policy, science and technology, and the social sciences.  Throughout her career at Sandia National Laboratories, she has led multi-disciplinary teams to address critical issues with far-reaching impact that include nuclear energy safety,  nuclear waste management, nonproliferation, and counter terrorism. Through assignments to the US Department of Energy’s Office of Nonproliferation,  the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and other federal government agencies, she has created collaborative partnerships with universities, non-governmental organizations, and international partners to effectively inform national security policy, being most recently involved in countering violent extremism, counter proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and cyber-warfare deterrence. 

Ms. Hayden has many peer-reviewed publications, and has traveled extensively as a subject matter expert in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, and as a consultant to governments of the US, UK, Sweden, and Canada. She excels at managing cross-cultural teams under politically sensitive conditions, such as the US-China cooperation on nuclear arms control and nonproliferation.  For the past decade, Ms. Hayden has researched the dynamics of civil conflict, with a special interest in the potential role of women as moderators of violence in society. 

Ms. Hayden receveived her doctorate from the Maryland School of Public Policy, where she focused on the impacts of third-party interventions on the resiliency of actors in civil conflict, and what that means in terms of conflict persistence and/or transformation. Read more about her research interests on her blog, Civil Conflict Studies. Ms. Hayden is a native of Texas and a permanent resident of New Mexico. She holds a BS in Math from the University of Texas at Austin, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a graduate of the executive program on nonviolent conflict at the Fletcher School of International Affairs at Tufts University.  Ms. Hayden has received awards for excellence and lifelong learning from Sandia National Laboratories and the President’s Volunteer Service Award.  She participates in professional and community organizations, has raised two wonderful children, and thrives on travel, fly fishing, and long walks with her dog.