Barton Gellman

Visiting Professional Specialist

315 Sherrerd Hall
Rita Alpaugh
External Website:


  • National Security
  • Politics
  • Government
  • News Media
  • State Secrecy


Barton Gellman holds appointments as Lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Author in Residence at the Center for International Security Studies.

His books include Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency, (Los Angeles Times Book Prize, New York Times Best Books of 2008), Contending with Kennan: Toward a Philosophy of American Power, and (as co-author) In the Nation’s Service: Seventy-Five Years at the Woodrow Wilson School. He is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, where he is focusing his research on surveillance and privacy for a book to be published by Penguin Press.

Since June 2013, he has been writing stories for The Washington Post about the National Security Agency documents provided to him by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. He had previously worked for The Post from 1988 to 2010, serving tours as legal, military, diplomatic and Middle East correspondent. His professional honors include two Pulitzer Prizes, a George Polk Award, a Henry Luce Award and Harvard's Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting. Gellman graduated with highest honors from Princeton and earned a master's degree in politics at University College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar.