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Kathleen M. Vogel

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Associate Professor; Director, Strategic Research Initiatives; Senior Fellow, CISSM
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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
3 Credit(s)

Utilizes our unique location in the Washington, DC region to create a laboratory within which to analyze local, regional, national and international policy problems. Students will be put into teams and assigned to real and timely policy cases. The course will include meetings and field trips with local leaders in the field, ideally connected to the cases. Student will then expand and apply their use of policy analysis and evaluation skills to define those problems, analyze alternative responses, devise appropriate strategies for implementation, and evaluate the success of the proposed policy and implementation. The course will conclude with team presentations to local leaders and faculty. This distinctive course will serve to prepare students for their client- based senior capstone course. Restricted to students who have earned a minimum of 60 credits; and must be in a major in PLCY.
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3 Credit(s)

A host of emerging technologies, ranging from 3D printing, gene editing tools, self-tracking technologies, smart cars, drones, robotics, and synthetic biology, have the potential for enormous societal benefit but also raise public and government concern. What are the various social and ethical implications in how these technologies are designed, developed and used? How do we think about policy options to deal with social and ethical concerns around these technologies? This course will study contemporary science and technology policy controversies as reflected in the news; the course material will be designed to respond flexibly to unforeseen policy issues that may arise during the course of the semester. Special guest speakers involving faculty from across the university, as well as experts from the Washington, DC area, will be invited to contextualize and deepen students' understanding of these controversies. Students will be exposed to different points of view on these issues.
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3 Credit(s)

Public policy students will take the skills and knowledge gained through their curriculum and apply them through their senior capstone course. Students will work in teams on problems and issues presented by outside clients, with guidance from faculty facilitators and interaction with the clients. Each team will work with the client to address a particular problem and produce a mutually agreed upon outcome. These hands on projects will advance students' understanding of the analytical, leadership, communication and problem solving skills necessary to address today's policy problems while allowing them to gain professional level experience that could contribute to their success in their post UMD endeavors. The course will conclude with an event that allows all teams to present their findings and outcomes to their client while being evaluated by faculty and public policy professionals. Restricted to students who have earned a minimum of 90 credits. Permission required.
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Prerequisite(s): PLCY306
3 Credit(s)

Examines the roles of science and technology (S&T) in the development of conventional (e.g., missiles, bombs) and unconventional (e.g., nuclear, chemical, and biological) weapons and their associated threats to U.S. and international security. Will introduce new ways of thinking about security-technology policy interaction, drawing on political science, security studies, and S&T studies.
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