Born and raised in New Mexico, Elizabeth Kistin Keller received her BA in political science and Latin American studies as a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her MA and PhD in international development studies (a combination of political science, economics, and anthropology) as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. Before joining Sandia National Laboratories, Elizabeth spent several years working on water conflict and cooperation in North America, Southern Africa, and South and South East Asia. She currently works in Sandia’s Systems Analysis Department (Org. 159) where she leads work on strategic foresight, global security dynamics, and policy analysis, including the future of nonproliferation. Elizabeth also serves as an adjunct professor in the University of New Mexico’s department of geography and environmental studies and an affiliate of the Utton Transboundary Resources Center at the UNM School of Law.
I’m most excited to work on projects that… bridge traditional sector and disciplinary divides.
I’m looking for partners that can help me… 1) understand the evolution, convergence & implications of emerging technologies on nonproliferation; 2) imagine and address policy and international institution dynamics; 3) engage next generation leaders.
A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… connecting with passionate experts approaching a shared challenge in many different ways.
Innovations in my field I’m most excited to work on… are exploring intersections between artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, biotechnology, and blockchain and their implications for nonproliferation.