Lieselotte Siegenthaler


Fascinated by the security dilemmas that arise from climate change’s effects, Lieselotte Siegenthaler focuses on identifying these issues and their potential solutions. Through fellowships at the Center for Climate and Security and the American Security Project, she has developed a deep understanding  of climate security’s wide-reaching menaces and how they are addressed through disaster management and adaptation strategies. Her coursework on traditional security threats and climate science, thesis on natural disasters’ relationship with terrorist events and personal research afford her a broad knowledge of emerging and existing threats.  


Her diverse prior experience includes working at technology security companies in San Francisco and Germany and interning at the Department of Commerce, for a human rights lawyer in San Francisco and Geneva, and on a dairy in the Bavarian Alps.  


Lieselotte earned her BA from American University’s School of International Studies and her MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). She is a recipient of former MIIS President General Robert Gard’s Gard N’ Wall Nonproliferation Scholarship for and was selected to participate in the Honors Thesis Program.