Dr. Kathy Hawk




Dr. Kathleen H. Hawk

Associate Professor, Political Science


Dr. Kathy Hawk is an associate professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She teaches a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in international relations, U.S. foreign policy, U.S. national security policy, as well as assorted regional studies courses.

Dr. Hawk received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Alabama in 2001. She earned her M.A. in Latin American Studies and her B.A. in Political Science (Minor in Journalism) from The George Washington University. She attended the Foreign Service Institute in 1992-1993 where she studied the Arabic language. She has also studied in Costa Rica, Argentina, and Spain. Professor Hawk has been a member of the faculty at the University of Alabama in Huntsville since 1995.

Prior to moving to Alabama in 1994, she was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer and worked at the U. S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. She previously worked with the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization, the Department of the Air Force, and served as Press Secretary to then-Congressman Byron Dorgan. Professor Hawk is also a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve and returned from a mobilization to Iraq in early 2008 where she had worked with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force. She holds the rank of Commander and currently serves as the Commanding Officer of Office of Naval Intelligence Reserve Unit 2109.

Professor Hawk is the author of the book, Constructing the Stable State: Goals for Intervention and Peacebuilding (Greenwood Press, 2002). She has published a number of articles, reviews, and technical papers primarily in the area of national security and missile systems. Professor Hawk was selected as a Truman Scholar in 1984 and she is the representative on campus for the Truman and Boren public service scholarship programs.

Complete Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Alabama
  • M.A., Latin American Studies, George Washington University
  • B.S., Political Science, George Washington University

Classes Taught