Carnegie Mellon University

Kiron Skinner

Kiron Skinner

Associate Professor, Social and Decisional Sciences
Director, Institute for Politics and Strategy


A domestic policy and national security expert, Kiron Skinner studies the intersection of international politics, culture, markets and technology.

Skinner is one of the country’s most renowned experts in international relations, U.S. foreign policy and political strategy. Her vast experience includes:

  • Advising Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on matters of national security and foreign policy. Read more.
  • Membership on the U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Policy Board (2001-2007) as an advisor on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Executive Panel, and the National Security Education Board.
  • She has co-chaired the CNO task forces on the Middle East and Africa, also serving 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 in New York City and is a former fellow of CFR’s Studies Department.  
  • She is the coauthor, along with political scientists Serhiy Kudelia, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, and Condoleezza Rice, of The Strategy of Campaigning: Lessons from Ronald Reagan and Boris Yeltsin, which is now used in political science courses at leading research universities.
  • 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, and she writes scholarly papers and opinion pieces in major newspapers, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.  

For an interview, email Shilo Rea or call her at 412-268-6094.