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Elizabeth Stanley

Former Fellow


    September 5, 2017 — May 25, 2018

    Professional affiliation

    Associate Professor of Security Studies, Georgetown University

    Wilson Center Projects

    Techno-Blinders: How our Techno-Centric Security System Endangers U.S. National Security and What to Do about It

    Full Biography

    Elizabeth A. Stanley, Ph.D., is associate professor of security studies at Georgetown University, jointly appointed in the School of Foreign Service and Government Department. She speaks, teaches, and writes about resilience, decision-making under stress, enacted systems, civil-military relations, military effectiveness and innovation, and international security. Her book, Paths to Peace, won the 2009 Edgar S. Furniss Award for the best first book in the fields of national and international security. She served as a U.S. Army intelligence officer in Asia, Europe, and on Balkans deployments, leaving service as a captain. She created Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT)®, which she’s taught to thousands in high-stress environments. She’s a certified practitioner of Somatic Experiencing, a body-based trauma therapy. She holds a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard, an M.B.A. focused on technology strategy and organizational behavior from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and a B.A. in Soviet and East European Studies from Yale.