Professor in the Practice
Dr. Elizabeth “Libbie” Prescott works at the intersection of science, technology, and international policy as a Professor in the Practice and Director of Curriculum for Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA) at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Libbie has served in government at the Department of Defense, Department of State, and the intelligence community as well as an AAAS S&T Policy Congressional Fellow with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
Outside of government, Libbie has served as Practice Head for Biosecurity at the Eurasia Group; a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies-US; a S&T Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Science’s Board on Science, Technology & Economic Policy; and consulted for the Strategy Division of the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.
Libbie serves on the Aspen Institute’s Socrates Program Steering Committee and is a former Council on Foreign Relations Term Member; Center for New American Security Next Generation National Security Leader; German Marshall Fund Young Strategist; GPPi Global Governance Futures Fellow 2027; and Truman National Security Project Fellow.
Areas of Expertise: Emerging Technologies and Security; East Asia and Pacific; Science, Technology and Innovation
- D.Phil. (2002) University of Oxford, Balliol College, Molecular Biology
- B.A. (1998) University of California, Berkeley, Molecular and Cell Biology
- B.A. with High Honors (1998) University of California, Berkeley, Economics
Articles in Journals
- Elizabeth M. Prescott. “The Politics of Disease: Governance and Emerging Infections.” Journal of Global Health Governance 1.1 (2007).
- Elizabeth M. Prescott. “China’s Disease Cauldron.” The National Interest Fall.Asia (2005).
- Elizabeth M. Prescott, Yvonne N. Osheim, Hannah S. Jones, Claudia M. Alen, Judith G. Roan, Ronald H. Reeder, Ann L. Beyer, and Nick J. Proudfoot. “Transcriptional Termination by RNA Polymerase I Requires the small subunit Rpa12p.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 101.16 (2004): 6068-6073.
- Elizabeth M. Prescott and Nicholas J. Proudfoot. “Transcriptional collision between convergent genes in Budding yeast.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences99.13 (2003): 8796-8801.
- Elizabeth M. Prescott. “SARS: A Warning.” Survival 45.3 (2003): 207-226.
Articles in Books
- Elizabeth M. Prescott. “Corporations and Bureaucracies under a Biological Lens.” Natural Security: A Darwinian Approach to a Dangerous World. Ed. Raphael Sagarin and Terence Taylor. California: UC Press, 2008: 71-85
- Elizabeth M. Prescott. “UNSCR 1540 and the Scientific Community as Non-State Actor.” Non-Proliferation and Counter-Terrorism: The Impact of UNSCR 1540. Ed. Olivia Bosch and Peter van Ham. London: Brookings Institution Press, Chatham House, and Clingendael Institute, 2007: 41-53
- Elizabeth M. Prescott. “Hemorrhagic Fevers.” of Mass Destruction: A Global Encyclopedia. Ed. Croody, Eric and Jeffery Larsen. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc., 2004.
- Elizabeth M. Prescott. “Staphylococcus enterotoxins.” Weapons of Mass Destruction: A Global Encyclopedia. Ed. Croody, Eric and Jeffery Larsen. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc., 2004.
- Elizabeth M. Prescott. “Review of The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John Barry.” Survival 46.4 (2004).
- Elizabeth M. Prescott. “Review of of “The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco,” by Marilyn Chase.” Survival 45.2 (2003): 205-206.