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Michael Nacht Ex-Officio

Professor of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy
Thomas and Alison Schneider Chair, Goldman School of Public Policy
Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense

Michael Nacht


Michael Nacht holds the Thomas and Alison Schneider Chair in Public Policy. From 1998-2008 he was Aaron Wildavsky Dean of the Goldman School. He is a specialist in US national security policy; science, technology and public policy; and management strategies for complex organizations. He is the author or co-author of five books and more than eighty articles and book chapters on nuclear weapons policy; regional security issues affecting Russia and China, the Middle East and East Asia; cyber and space policy; counter-terrorism and homeland security; international education; and public management. 

Nacht served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs (2009-2010), after unanimous US Senate confirmation, for which he received the Distinguished Public Service Award, the Department's highest civilian honor.  Previously, he was Assistant Director for Strategic and Eurasian Affairs of the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (1994-97), during which time he participated in five Presidential summits, four with Russian President Yeltsin and one with Chinese President Jiang Zemin. He is currently chair of the Policy Focus Area for the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium led by the UC Berkeley Department of Nuclear Engineering.

Nacht holds a BS in Aeronautics and Astronautics and an MS in Operations Research from New York University, an MS in Statistics from Case Western Reserve University, an MA in Political Science from the New School for Social Research, and a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University.

Last updated on 06/12/2014