Dr. Katy Lindquist is a Principal Research Scientist at NSI, Inc. She has a background in political science with broad and diverse methodological training in quantitative and qualitative approaches to social science. Her substantive expertise is in national and international security, which she uses to support the US Joint Staff’s Strategic Multilayer Assessment (SMA) work. Katy was the team lead and a model developer for the AFRICOM Exploitable Conditions Model (AECM), produced for SMA by NSI. The AECM provides a queryable model of the operational environment, broadly defined to include a variety of human, social, political, ecological, and technological factors, for US Africa Command. Katy has also authored multiple Quick Looks and reports for SMA and has presented research findings to civilian and military decision makers and communities of interest both in-person and virtually.
Prior to joining the NSI team, Katy was a Principal Investigator and Faculty Researcher at START (the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism) at the University of Maryland, and she has also served as a consultant for public and private sector clients. She received a PhD in Political Science is from the University of Chicago, where she studied international relations and comparative politics, as well as a BA from Dartmouth College.