Kathleen H. Hicks
Kathleen Hicks is senior vice president, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She leads a bipartisan team of over 50 resident staff and an extensive network of non-resident affiliates dedicated to providing independent strategic insights and policy solutions that shape national security. Dr. Hicks is concurrently the Donald Marron Scholar at the Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She is also a member of the board of trustees for the Aerospace Corporation and the board of directors for the U.S. Naval Institute, in addition to serving on several advisory boards. Dr. Hicks has an extensive national security background, including as a Senate-confirmed leader on policy matters in the Pentagon and an appointed member of two national commissions on defense and security matters. She has received distinguished service awards from three Secretaries of Defense and a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the DOD Senior Professional Women’s Association Excellence in Leadership Award, and the 2018 Walter Beach Award from the National Capital Area Political Science Association. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, and an A.B. magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College.