Albert Carnesale's research and teaching focus on public policy issues having substantial scientific and technological dimensions, and he is the author or co-author of six books and more than 100 articles on a wide range of subjects, including national security strategy, arms control, nuclear proliferation, the effects of technological change on foreign and defense policy, domestic and international energy issues, and higher education. He chairs three committees of the National Academies: the Committee on Conventional Prompt Global Strike Capability, the Committee on Nuclear Forensics, and the Committee on America’s Climate Choices. In addition, he is a member of the FBI Director’s Advisory Board on National Security and Higher Education; the Mission Committees of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Los Alamos National Laboratory; the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Terrorism, Proliferation and Weapons of Mass Destruction; the Board of Directors of Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; and the Advisory Board of the RAND Corporation’s Center for Global Risk and Security.
Prior to joining UCLA, he was at Harvard for 23 years, serving as Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Public Policy and Administration, Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Provost of the University. Throughout that period, he consulted regularly on national security matters for U. S. Government agencies and testified often before Congress. Before that, he served in government and in industry.