Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

Michael Nacht

Thomas and Alison Schneider Professor of Public Policy; Interim Director, Center for Studies in Higher Education

Areas of Expertise

  • US National Security Policy and International Relations
  • Science, Technology and Public Policy
  • Management Strategies for Complex Organizations

Biography

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 U.S. national security policy; science, technology and public policy; and management strategies for complex organizations.


He is the author or co-author of six 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.  He recently co-edited and co-authored Strategic Latency and World Power:  How Technology Is Changing Our Concepts of Security published by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Center for Global Security Research.

Nacht served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs (2009-2010), after unanimous U.S. 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 U.S. 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 U.C. Berkeley Department of Nuclear Engineering. He is also co-investigator of a new Department of Defense Minerva Research Project on “Deterring Complex Threats” with colleagues from UC San Diego.

He received a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics and an M.S. in Operations Research from New York University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.

Website

Selected Publications

Public Research Universities: Recommitting to Lincoln’s Vision

Public Research Universities: Recommitting to Lincoln’s Vision

Robert J. Birgeneau, Henry E. Brady, Michael Nacht

Event: Public Research Universities: Recommitting to Lincoln's Vision

Date: September 8, 2016 Duration: 68 minutes

Conflict Zones and National Security with Michael Nacht

Conflict Zones and National Security with Michael Nacht

Michael Nacht, Henry E. Brady

Date: February 5, 2016 Duration: 28 minutes

After Nuclear Weapons: Revolutionary Technologies from Turkey to China

After Nuclear Weapons: Revolutionary Technologies from Turkey to China

Michael Nacht

Event: Spring 2014 Board of Advisors Dinner

Date: April 20, 2014 Duration: 48 minutes