Elizabeth Stanley


Associate Professor


Faculty - SFS
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Elizabeth A. Stanley, Ph.D. is associate professor of security studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Department of Government. Liz is also the founder of the non-profit Mind Fitness Training Institute. Previously, she served as Associate Director of Georgetown's Security Studies Program. She served in Bosnia, Germany, Macedonia, Italy and Korea as a US Army military intelligence officer, leaving service with the rank of Captain.

Blending her military experience, research, training in body-based trauma therapies, and experience teaching mindfulness techniques, Liz created Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT) to build resilience and optimize individual and team performance. MMFT's efficacy has been documented through four Department of Defense-funded neuroscience studies with the US military, and MMFT has been taught to thousands of people working in high-stress environments.

She has extensive experience with mind fitness techniques, including long-term periods of intensive practice in the United States and Burma (Myanmar). She also has trained in a variety of body-based techniques for helping individuals to re-regulate their autonomic nervous systems after stressful or traumatic experiences, including several years of clinical training as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP).

Liz has spoken and published widely on a variety of topics related to military effectiveness, organizational and technological innovation, human performance and resilience, and international security. Her book, Paths to Peace: Domestic Coalition Shifts, War Termination and the Korean War, won the 2009 Edgar S. Furniss Award for the best first book in the field of national and international security.

She has served on the National Security Advisory Board of the Sandia National Laboratories, the US Army Science Board, and the executive board of Women in International Security (WIIS). She was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the G.D. Searle Foundation, the John Kluge Foundation, the Department of Defense Centers for Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, the Office of Naval Research, and Sandia National Laboratories.


  • PhD (2002) Harvard University, Government
  • MBA (1999) MIT Sloan School of Management, Technology Strategy/Organizational Behavior
  • BA (1992) Yale University, Soviet and East European Studies


  • French (read, write)
  • German (speak, read, write)
  • Russian (speak)