Nancy Walbridge Collins

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Nancy Walbridge Collins teaches international affairs and security studies at Columbia University. She is a research fellow with the University’s Saltzman Institute of War & Peace Studies as well as co-chair of the Columbia Seminar on Defense and Security.

Her current book project is Strategic Force: U.S. Special Operations in the 21st Century, with Yale University Press. Her essays and commentaries appear in a range of media outlets, including CNN, FOX, Forbes, New York Times, TIME, and U.S. News and World Report.

Collins is a strategic advisor to the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Education on a pro bono consultancy basis. She serves on the U.S. Commission on Military History and the Adams-Pendleton Prize Board. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Carnegie Council. Collins is a trustee of the Loomis Chaffee School, her alma mater.


Collins earned her B.A. in government from Georgetown University and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of London, where she was named the Thornley Fellow, an international prize.


She has been awarded fellowships and grants from among others, the University of Chicago, Harvard University, Rockefeller Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Yale University. In 2011, she received the NCAFP 21st Century Leadership Award, and in 2013, she was awarded the U.S. Congressional Dirksen Research Award.


Patriotism, Security Strategies, & The Rising Generation, FOX NEWS, July 6, 2013. Article

“National Responsibility from Abbottabad to Patriots’ Day,” with Michele L. Malvesti, CNN, May 1, 2013. Article.

“NATO Is Not Enough: The Seven-Continent Strategy,” New York Times, April 23, 2013. Article.

“The Bell Tolls for the U.S. Military,” TIME Magazine, March 26, 2013. Essay.

“Sequestration Imperatives: Creating 21st Century Force,” U.S. News and World Report,” with Marvin H. McGuire IV, March 25, 2013. Article.

“The Unintended Consequences of Highly Sensitive Information Disclosure,” with Michele Malvesti, Forbes, February 5, 2013. Article.


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