Dr. Kiron K. Skinner is a tireless public servant and renowned expert in international relations, US foreign policy, and political strategy. Her work on behalf of the American people includes membership on the US Defense Department's Defense Policy Board; the Chief of Naval Operations' Executive Panel; and the National Security Education Board. In 2004, she was a foreign policy surrogate for the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign. In 2011-12, Skinner was a senior foreign policy adviser to presidential candidate Speaker Newt Gingrich. Skinner's coauthored books Reagan, In His Own Hand and Reagan, a Life in Letters were New York Times best sellers. Reagan, In His Own Hand won the Hoover Institution's Uncommon Book Award. Reagan, A Life in Letters was selected as one of the best books of 2003 by the Los Angeles Times andwas Time magazine's cover story on September 29, 2003.
Professor Skinner was recently named Carnegie Mellon University's first university adviser on national security policy. Also in 2012, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett appointed Professor Skinner to his Governor's Commission on African American Affairs. She is an associate professor and founding director of the university's Center for International Relations and Politics. Skinner is the W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace.