Kinsey Spears

2023 Next Gen National Security Fellow

PhD Candidate, The Fletcher School

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Kinsey Spears is a doctoral candidate at The Fletcher School where her work focuses on gender; security studies; and women, peace, and security. She is a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the New Lines Institute in the Gender Policy Portfolio. Kinsey is also a research assistant and social media manager at the Feinstein International Center.

Kinsey completed her master’s at The Fletcher School, where her thesis explored the ways that children were impacted by security sector reform policies in Afghanistan. Prior to pursuing her degrees at Fletcher, Kinsey worked for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in northern Cambodia, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia in community development and Arabic.

Kinsey resides in Washington, D.C., where she is completing her dissertation work, looking at the different ways the United States Military is implementing the United States’ Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) to identify roadblocks and entry points for success.

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