Carnegie Mellon's Kiron K. Skinner Appointed
To Advisory Board of the George W. Bush Oral History Project
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Kiron K. Skinner, an associate professor of social and decision sciences and director of the International Relations and Politics Program, has been appointed to the advisory board of the George W. Bush Oral History Project. The project of the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, the only institution that conducts oral histories of former presidential administrations, will document the life and career of the 43rd president with a focus on the White House years.
Skinner will be one of two historians on the board that also includes Mark Langdale, president of the George W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation and former U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica, and Karl Rove, a former Bush senior advisor and deputy chief of staff. The board will advise on the project's implementation and development, recommend individuals most familiar with the Bush presidency to interview and work to bring attention to the project.
"It's an honor to be a part of documenting a comprehensive oral history of George W. Bush's presidency — which happened during a challenging and unique time in American history," Skinner said.
Skinner is one of the country's most renowned experts in the areas of international relations, U.S. foreign policy and political strategy. She is the W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Along with Serhiy Kudelia, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Condoleezza Rice, she co-authored "The Strategy of Campaigning: Lessons from Ronald Reagan and Boris Yeltsin." Additionally, she authored "Turning Points in Ending the Cold War," a landmark work in international history featuring a collection of essays by leading American and Russian statesmen and scholars. She has published five additional books, two of which were New York Times best sellers.
Skinner's government service includes membership on the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Policy Board (2001-2007) as an advisor on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the National Security Education Board, and the National Academies Committee on Behavioral and Social-Science Research to Improve Intelligence Analysis for National Security. She has co-chaired the Chief of Naval Operations task forces on the Middle East and Africa, and also serves on the board of the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, D.C. Skinner is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York City and is a former fellow of CFR's Studies Department.
Pictured above is Kiron K. Skinner, an associate professor of social and decision sciences and director of the International Relations and Politics Program.