Jeannette Gaudry Haynie, PhD, is a career Marine Corps officer and combat veteran with a PhD in International Relations. 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.
Jeannette’s research focuses on the intersections of gender, leadership, and security. 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 Women, Peace, and Security, and developed the vision for strategic talent management for warfighting effectiveness.
Jeannette has taught courses in Gender and Conflict and International Relations at The George Washington University, and Quantitative Methods at Tulane. She served as Senior Fellow at nonprofit Women In International Security, where she conducted research into gender dimensions of security phenomena. Jeannette 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 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 on leadership, gender, and service. She runs marathons, works on her pull-ups, and she and her husband have three children.
Like people of color and those of different religions or genders, women experience different challenges and can face greater obstacles to progress — particularly in security-focused careers and institutions that are male-dominated.