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Gail Helt joined King University in 2014 and coordinates the Security and Intelligence Studies Program.  She spent nearly a dozen years as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where she built significant expertise covering East and Southeast Asian security issues, politics, leadership, and governance.  She authored a wide range of written analytic products and briefings for senior policymakers, including the President of the United States.

Professor Helt is a member of the International Studies Association.  Her research interests include democratization, the decline of US influence around the world, and Asian politics. She has a Master of Arts in Political Science from Iowa State University and completed 30 hours of PhD coursework at the University of Arizona before being recruited by the CIA.

Gail Helt
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Director of the King Security and Intelligence Studies