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Kyleanne Hunter is currently a Sie Center for International Security and Diplomacy Research Fellow and PhD Candidate (ABD) at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Her research focuses on the impact on sociopolitical culture of women in the military and as politically-violent actors. She focuses specifically on how and why states recruit women into combatant roles, and its impact on social culture and public policy. 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 Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research (PTIR), the Program on Nonviolent and Violent Campaigns and Outcomes (NAVCO), and manages the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s program on Nonviolent Action in Violent Conflicts. She has taught master’s level classes in international politics and diplomacy.
Kyleanne is the co-founder of Think Broader, a nonprofit aimed and ending gender bias in the media. She also serves on the board of Mountain2Mountain and has accompanied both the founder and a film crew to Afghanistan to assist with the Women’s Afghan National cycling team. Additionally she is on the leadership committee for the Oregon Conservation Voter’s League and chair’s the veteran’s outreach committee for the Central Oregon Community College board of trustees.
Kyleanne spent over a decade as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. She flew the AH-1W “Super Cobra” attack helicopter, with multiple tours in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. 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 52 countries, frequently dual-hatting as both escort and military liaison.