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Nancy Gallagher

Research Professor; Director, CISSM

School of Public Policy


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Nancy Gallagher is the Director at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) and a Research Professor in the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. Her current research includes a book project on Strategic Logics for Arms Control; public opinion surveys about security policy in the United States and Iran; initiatives to improve cybersecurity decision-making; and cooperative strategies to reduce nuclear risks.

Before coming to UMD, Gallagher was the Executive Director of the Clinton administration's Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Task Force and worked with the Special Advisor to the President and the Secretary of State to build bipartisan support for U.S. ratification. She was an arms control specialist in the State Department, a Foster Fellow in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and a faculty member at Wesleyan University.

Gallagher is the author of "The Politics of Verification" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999), and the editor of "Arms Control: New Approaches to Theory and Policy" (Frank Cass, 1998). Gallagher won the University of Maryland’s 2015 Research Communication Impact Award for work on the Iranian nuclear agreement, and the Outstanding Invention of 2016 award for her development, with Charles Harry, of a cybersecurity risk analysis framework.

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