The U.S. Senate approved her appointment on March 17. She will serve a four-year term on the board, which endeavors to educate United States' citizens to understand foreign cultures, strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness, and enhance international cooperation and security.
The National Security Education Board is made up of six senior nonfederal officials appointed by the president, including Skinner, and seven senior federal officials, most of cabinet rank.
The board determines the criteria for scholarship awards to students made by the National Security Education Program and recommends critical areas that the program should address. A broad-based group of advisers, composed of distinguished Americans in the field of higher education who have international expertise, also advises the program.
In December 1991, the president signed the National Security Education Act. The act provides for the establishment of the National Security Education Program, the National Security Education Board, and the National Security Education Trust.
Kiron K. Skinner is an assistant professor of history and political science at Carnegie Mellon University. She also is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Skinner specializes in the study of American foreign policy, international relations theory, and international security. She uses game theoretic lenses to structure her empirical research, which includes the use of several presidential archives.
Along with Hoover fellows Annelise Anderson and Martin Anderson, Skinner coedited the New York Times best sellers Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan That Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America; Reagan, A Life in Letters; Stories in His Own Hand: The Everyday Wisdom of Ronald Reagan; Reagan in His Own Voice; and Reagan's Path to Victory: The Shaping of Ronald Reagan's Vision, Selected Writings. These books include selections from the 670 handwritten radio commentaries the president delivered between 1975 and 1979.
Skinner earned AM and PhD degrees in political science and international relations from Harvard University.