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Kathleen Vogel
University of Maryland, College Park

Kathleen M. Vogel is an associate professor in the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park. She was previously an associate professor in the Department of Political Science/Science, Technology, and Society Program at North Carolina State University (NC State). Vogel holds a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from Princeton University. Prior to joining the NC State faculty, Vogel was a tenured 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. Previously, she has been appointed as a William C. Foster Fellow in the U.S. Department of State's Office of Proliferation Threat Reduction in the Bureau of Nonproliferation. Vogel has also 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.

Her research focuses on studying the social and technical dimensions of bioweapons and emerging life science threats and the production of knowledge and big data in intelligence assessments. Vogel has been asked to serve on high level science advisory panels on issues related to life science and dual-security concerns, and she also been invited to give talks to various members of the U.S. intelligence community and to UN expert advisory groups. Thus, her work has kept close engagement between academia and policy.

State Department Profile

Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights
Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Kathleen Vogel serves as a Foreign Affairs Officer in J/TIP. She works in the Reports and Political Affairs (RPA) unit, whose primary role is to engage foreign governments regarding human trafficking issues and to prepare the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. Vogel's portfolio in RPA includes Caribbean and East/Central European countries and she has responsibility for drafting assessments of the anti-trafficking efforts in these countries for the TIP Report. In her work, Vogel works closely with the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and supports the various country/regional desks/embassies that relate to her portfolio. In addition, while in RPA, Vogel plans to conduct longer term, trans-national trend analysis of human trafficking issues, using big data analytics techniques and platforms, working with a variety of academic, NGO, and intelligence community partners.