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Kathleen VogelAssociate Professor
Department of Science & Technology Studies/Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies
Professor Kathleen Vogel studies the production of knowledge on technical security policy issues. Her book with The Johns Hopkins University Press, Phantom Menace or Looming Danger? A New Framework for Assessing Bioweapons Threats, examines the social context and processes of how U.S. governmental and non-governmental analysts produce knowledge about contemporary biological weapons threats. Drawing on theoretical perspectives from the S&TS field, the book examines a series of historical and contemporary case studies involving state and non-state actors. These case studies reveal important taken-for-granted assumptions and blind spots in how knowledge about biological weapons has been produced. These shortcomings have lead to failures in how U.S. bioweapons assessments have been conducted, interpreted, and used for national security policymaking. Involving close engagement with scientific practice, policymaking, and S&TS scholarship, the book proposes a new way of analyzing bio weapons-related technologies and broader WMD threats using a synthesis of technical and social science methodologies.