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Kathleen M. Vogel

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Associate Professor; Director, Strategic Research Initiatives; Senior Fellow, CISSM

Kathleen M. Vogel is an associate professor in the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, and a senior fellow at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM). Vogel is also a Rutherford fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, London England (2018-2019), and a Jefferson Science fellow in the US Department of State (2016-2018). Vogel is author of Phantom Menace or Looming Danger?: A New Framework for Assessing Bioweapons Threats(Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). Vogel holds a PhD in biological chemistry from Princeton University. She was previously an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and was director of the Science, Technology, and Society Program at North Carolina State University (NC State).Prior to joining the NC State faculty, Vogel was also an associate professor at Cornell University with a joint appointment in the Department of Science and Technology Studies and in the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. She was appointed as a William C. Foster fellow in the US Department of State's Office of Proliferation Threat Reduction in the Bureau of Nonproliferation. Vogel has spent time as a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Cooperative Monitoring Center, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Vogel currently has three areas of research that focus on knowledge production on security issues:

  1. Evaluating the security threat of gene editing. This project aims to study the contextual factors (e.g., social, political, economic, tacit knowledge) shaping the development and diffusion of gene editing technologies in different country contexts and the implications for US and international security.
  2. Big Data, AI, and the US intelligence workforce. This project is focused on studying how the US intelligence community is trying to develop new technologies and tradecraft using big data/AI tools to improve the future of intelligence analysis and how these technologies reflect particular concerns, anxieties, imaginaries and priorities related to the future of the U.S. intelligence workforce.
  3. Knowledge production in human trafficking. This is a relatively new project that aims to study how knowledge is produced in government and non-government entities regarding the identification and prevalence of human trafficking—what are the concerns, who are the actors, and what are the narratives, tools, techniques, and frameworks that shape how data is collected and analyzed on human trafficking?  What "trust in numbers" exist in these domains? What are the resulting implications for informing policymakers?
Areas of Interest
  • Biosecurity intelligence, emerging technologies, human trafficking, AI/big data