Nancy Collins writes about U.S. defense, national security, and military technology. Her current book project is Grey Wars. Her essays and commentaries have appeared in a range of media outlets, including Forbes, The New York Times, TIME, U.S. News and World Report, and The Wall Street Journal. She leads the University Seminar on Defense and Security. Since joining the University in 2004, she has taught history and national security as well as directed a research institute in international affairs.

Over the past decade, Collins has received fellowships and grants from, among others, the University of Chicago, Georgetown University, Harvard University, the Rockefeller Foundation, the U.S. Commission on Military History, the Wilson Center, and Yale University, as well as the U.S. Congressional Dirksen Award.

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