Kyleanne Hunter is currently a Sie Center for International Security and Diplomacy Research Fellow and PhD Student at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.  Her research focuses on the role of women in anti-government movements, and their ability to create new political and social roles in the post-conflict governments.  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 the Carnegie Corporation’s program on Nonviolent Action in Violent Conflicts.  She has taught classes in international politics and diplomacy. 

In addition to her academic work, Kyleanne has worked with Mountain2Mountain as an in-field consultant with the Afghan Women’s National Cycling Team.  She has served as both a mechanic and coach in Afghanistan, helping the grass-roots team to achieve international recognition.  She is the author of numerous blog posts concerning the importance of empowering women in the developing world through sports. 

Prior to coming to the Korbel School, Kyleanne was an officer in the United States Marine Corps.  She spent over a decade flying the AH-1W “Super Cobra” attack helicopter, with multiple tours in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.  She was the first female pilot in HML/A – 269, the Marine Corps’ first dedicated attach helicopter squadron.  Her non-flying tours included 3 years at the Congressional Liaison Officer to the House of Representatives, where she worked on implementing the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and integrating women into all sectors of combat training.

Kyleanne currently resides in Denver, Colorado, with her fiancé, where she continues to compete in elite-level mountain bike races and leads alpine expeditions for fellow veterans.

Follow Kyleanne on Twitter @Rambaky

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