Catherine McArdle Kelleher is College Park Professor, University of Maryland and Senior Fellow, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University. She also acts as the editor of the Naval War College Press.
She has had extensive experience in government. Under President Carter, she served on the staff of the National Security Council; under President Reagan, she was professor of Military Strategy at the national War College in Washington D.C. In the Clinton Administration Dr. Kelleher held posts as the Personal Representative of the Secretary of Defense in Europe and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia.
Professor Kelleher has had a wide range of academic involvement in the field of national security studies. She is the author of more than sixty books, monographs and articles, and serves on a number of boards and commissions in the field.
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 within the military. She is the founder of Women in International Security program, dedicated to developing career opportunities for women in this field.
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 and the Ehrenkreuz in Gold from the Bundeswehr.