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The Australian National University

Dr Jennifer S Hunt

Lecturer in National Security


Jennifer Hunt Dr Jennifer S Hunt's research portfolio examines the intersection between energy, defense and economic issues, with a focus on the United States and the Arab Gulf. She has published on comparative energy security policy in the US and Australia, the geopolitics of energy markets, as well as economic and political transitions in the Arab Gulf.

Dr Hunt has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Middle East. From 2011-2012, she was a visiting researcher at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman. She has also attended the World Economic Forum in Abu Dhabi and studied Arabic at the Qasid Institute in Jordan.

Dr Hunt earned a PhD in International Security from the University of Sydney, where her thesis won an Honourable Mention for the national APSA Best PhD Thesis Prize. Dr Hunt also holds a Master’s Degree in International Security from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where she was captain of the Women’s Sabre Fencing team.

Prior to joining the NSC, Dr Hunt was previously based at the US Studies Centre, the Centre for International Security Studies and the Sydney Business School. She has been student-nominated for teaching awards across security studies, business and politics.

Along with her academic areas of specialisation, Dr Hunt also publishes on applied research methods. Together with Dr Zina O’Leary, Workplace Research: Conducting small scale applied research, was published by Sage in 2016.

Areas of expertise

  • International security
  • energy security
  • US foreign politics
  • Research methods
  • Political economy of the Gulf region


Recent Publications

From Quasi State to State Department: Rex Tillerson
Australian Outlook, 15 December 2016

Why the 9/11 Bill Establishes a Dangerous Precedent
Australian Outlook, 15 December 2016

Removal of Oil Sanctions: the New Geopolitics of Oil?
Australian Outlook, 22 January 2016

Iran-Saudi tensions signal a long and dangerous year ahead for the region
Lowy Interpreter, 6 January 2016

Saudi Arabia employing Walmart Strategy against US
ABC, The World, 6 December 2015

US opens up international market for armed drones: Consequences unknown
Lowy Interpreter, 5 November 2015


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