Barton Gellman

Visiting Professional Specialist

315 Sherrerd Hall
Rita Alpaugh
External Website:


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


Barton Gellman is Practitioner in Residence at the Center for Information Technology Policy. He has held additional appointments as Lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he taught an undergraduate seminar on national security secrecy, and as Ferris Professor of Journalism, where he taught a course on narrative non-fiction.

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, In the Nation’s Service: Seventy-Five Years at the Woodrow Wilson School (co-author) and the forthcoming Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the National Security State. His research focus is surveillance, security and privacy.

In 2013 and 2014, he led The Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the National Security Agency after receiving an archive of NSA documents from 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.

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