Kyleanne Hunter is currently a PhD Candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. Prior to graduate school, she spent over a decade as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. She flew the AH-1W “Super Cobra” attack helicopter, with multiple combat tours. She was the first female cobra pilot in her squadron. Her non-flying tours included 3 years in the House of Representatives, serving as both a Congressional Fellow and a Congressional Liaison Officer. During this tour she planned and escorted congressional delegations to dozens of countries, frequently dual-hatting as both escort and military liaison. In particular, she orchestrated oversight missions for members of the House Armed Services Committee, and served as lead escort for the House Democracy partnership.
Kyleanne entered the Josef Korbel School of International Studies in 2012. Her research focuses on the changes in the post-Cold War international security environment, and its impact on the role of women in the military. Her work has been accepted for presentation at multiple domestic and international academic conferences and journals. She has also a contributor for gender and foreign affairs to the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Al-Jazeera, NPR, Fox News, and Huffington Post, guest posts for Political Violence at a Glance, Duck of Minerva, and Foreign Policy, and frequently contributes to local media.
In addition to her own research, she has been involved in the Program on Nonviolent and Violent Campaigns and Outcomes (NAVCO), the Major Episodes of Contention (MEC) data collection project, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s program on Nonviolent Strategies in Violent Conflicts. She has taught master’s level classes in international politics and diplomacy.