March 26, 2020

Dr. Jeannette Gaudry Haynie and Dr. Kyleanne Hunter Join CNAS as Adjunct Senior Fellows

Washington, March 26, 2020—The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Jeannette Gaudry Haynie and Dr. Kyleanne Hunter have joined CNAS as Adjunct Senior Fellows in the Military, Veterans, and Society Program.

“I am thrilled to welcome Jeannette and Kyleanne to CNAS,” said Kayla Williams, Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society program. “Their impressive leadership records tackling some of the most complex challenges facing our nation’s servicemembers and their demonstrated commitment to empowering the next generation of women leaders will be invaluable contributions for our program.”

Jeannette Gaudry Haynie, PhD, is a career Marine Corps officer and combat veteran with a PhD in International Relations. A New Orleans native and a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, she is a Cobra attack helicopter pilot by trade. She earned her Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of New Orleans and her Doctorate in International Relations from The George Washington University while serving on the Joint Staff and in the Marine Corps Commandant’s think tank. Dr. Haynie’s academic research focuses on the intersections of gender, leadership, and security, particularly terrorism, extremism, and U.S. military operations. As a Reservist and on active duty, she advised senior leadership on critical and creative thinking for warfighting effectiveness, served as a subject matter expert on the Women, Peace, and Security agenda, and developed the vision and guidance for strategic talent management for warfighting effectiveness. She also conducted independent and original research on gender, warfighting, and critical/creative thinking for the Commandant and Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Dr. Haynie has taught courses in Gender and Conflict and International Relations at The George Washington University and Quantitative Methods through Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy. She served as Senior Fellow at the nonprofit Women in International Security, where she conducted research into the gender dimensions of security phenomena, and she has given talks on leadership at Tulane University, Loyola University, the U.S. Naval Academy, and other venues. Along with her husband, a fellow Marine Corps officer, she founded and leads a youth leadership program built upon Marine Corps leadership principles. Dr. Haynie is a member of the Presidential Leadership Scholars’ Class of 2019, where the roots of the Athena Leadership Project were planted. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Athena, which seeks to elevate the stories of female veterans and conduct research to inform how we consider gender, leadership, and security. With a group of fellow Naval Academy women graduates, she founded the Sisterhood of Mother B, where she co-hosts a podcast – “Waypoints” – that seeks to transform how we think of leaders and leadership in the military. She runs marathons, works on her pull-ups, and she and her husband have three children.

Dr. Kyleanne Hunter, PhD, is a Marine Corps combat veteran with multiple combat deployments as an AH-1W “Super Cobra” attack pilot. She finished her active duty time in the Marine Corps’ Legislative Liaison Office in the House of Representatives. She is the Vice President Brady (formerly Brady Center and Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence). She holds a Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, and a Masters of Arts and a Doctorate from University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

Dr. Hunter’s research focuses on the intersection of social integration and military effectiveness, with a focus on gender and unconventional warfare. While completing her dissertation was a researcher in residence at University of San Diego’s Kroc School of Peace and Justice. She was co-primary investigator for the Nonviolent Actors in Violent Conflicts project funded by the Carnegie Foundation. Her work has been published in Journal of Peace Research, Armed Forces & Society, and Signs, as well as popular publications such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, and San Diego Union Tribune. She is co-editor of Invisible Veterans: What Happens When Women Become Civilians Again (Preager Press, 2019) with Kate Thomas Hendricks.

Dr. Hunter is currently an adjunct professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She was the former Chair of the Employment and Integration Subcommittee for the Secretary of Defense’s Advisory Committee of Women in the Services (DACOWITS). She was part of the Department of Veterans Affairs inaugural class of “Women Veteran Trailblazers,” and named as one of HilllVets 100 most influential veterans in 2018. She serves on the advisory board for Impact:PEACE. She and her husband reside in Silver Spring, MD.

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