Terilyn HuntingtonAssistant Professor

Leonard Hall, Room 405-I
724-357-3810 (fax)

Areas of Specialization

International relations and national security

Courses Taught

  • Contemporary Political Ideas (PLSC260)
  • International Relations (PLSC282)
  • American Foreign Policy (PLSC283)
  • Dimensions of National Security (PLSC388/588)
  • Intelligence Process and Policy (PLSC465/565).  

Professor Huntington’s research agenda in international relations explores ethical questions regarding the conduct of war. These questions focus on our understanding of the disruption of individual’s physical and ontological security within conflict-ridden contexts. She is especially interested in technological developments in weaponry, how they impact military tactics, and how they influence understanding and acknowledgement (or lack thereof) of combatant and noncombatants’ humanity.

Much of Huntington’s research, including her 2016 dissertation, has focused on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in contemporary armed conflicts and has explored ethical questions pertaining to the impact of distance-based warfare on society, pilots, targets, and noncombatants. Because weaponized drones have primarily been used in counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan, she researches the political and social dynamics that are constructed by state relationships in South Asia. She also likes to research and write about intersections of popular culture and security/international relations.

Huntington was awarded a PhD in political science from the University of Kansas in 2016. She has been awarded MA degrees in political science from the University of Kansas (2014), in international studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver (2009), and in theological studies from Bethel Theological Seminary (2007). She completed a BA in political science at Bethel University (St. Paul, MN) in 2004.

She spends her free time visiting major and minor league baseball stadiums, cheering for Kansas Jayhawk basketball, traveling to new places, drinking expensive coffee, and watching Marvel comic book films.