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Heather Roff

Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford Department of Politics and International Relations; Research Scientist, Arizona State University, Global Security Initiative

Heather M. Roff is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations and the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict at the University of Oxford. She is also a Research Scientist in the Global Security Initiative at Arizona State University, and a Cybersecurity Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. She received her PhD in 2010 from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Political Science, and she has held faculty positions at the United States Air Force Academy, the University of Waterloo and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Dr. Roff's research interests pertain to the legal, political and normative questions pertaining to the development and deployment of emerging military technologies, such as autonomous weapons, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and robotics. She is currently writing a monograph on the strategic and normative implications of lethal autonomous weapons systems, as well as undertaking empirical research on meaningful human control and autonomous weapons funded by the Future of Life Foundation. She as written numerous academic journal articles on autonomous weapons, cybersecurity and war, as well as a monograph, Global Justice, Kant and the Responsibility to Protect (Routledge, 2013). She blogs for the Huffington Post, the Duck of Minerva, and has written for outlets like Slate Magazine, Defense One and various national newspapers.