- PhD, Tufts University, Medford, United States, 2003
- MALD, Tufts University, Medford, United States, 2000
- AB, Environmental Studies and Diplomacy & World Affairs, Occidental College, Los Angeles, United States, 1995
She specializes in how policy spurs the development and deployment of cleaner and more efficient energy technologies, domestically and internationally. A Truman Scholar, she has a MALD and PhD in international affairs from The Fletcher School, and an AB from Occidental College. She speaks Spanish and basic Mandarin Chinese, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of "China Shifts Gears: Automakers, Oil, Pollution, and Development," (The MIT Press 2006), editor of "Acting in Time on Energy Policy," (Brookings Institution Press 2009), "The Global Diffusion of Clean Energy Technologies: Lessons from China," (MIT Press 2014), Titans of the Climate (with Xiaowei Xuan) (MIT Press 2018) and numerous academic articles and policy reports.
Gallagher, K. S., & Xuan, X. (2019). Titans of the Climate Explaining Policy Process in the United States and China. MIT Press.
Gallagher, K. S. (2022). The Coming Carbon Tsunami; Developing Countries Need a New Growth Model—Before It’s Too Late. Foreign Affairs, 101(1), 151-164.