Kendall Hoyt

Assistant Professor Department of Medicine, Dartmouth College/ Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

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Professional Background

Kendall Hoyt is an Assistant Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth where she studies U.S. biodefense policy and biomedical R&D strategy. She is also a lecturer at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College where she teaches courses on technology and biosecurity. She is the author of Long Shot: Vaccines for National Defense, Harvard University Press, 2012. She serves on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Department of Defense's Programs to Counter Biological Threats and on the advisory board of the Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. For the 2015-16 academic year, she is a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Global Health Policy at the University of Sussex, a Cybersecurity Fellow at New America, and an OpEd Project Public Voices Fellow. Kendall Hoyt received her Ph.D. in the History and Social Study of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002 and was a Fellow in the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government from 2002-2004. Prior to obtaining her degree, she worked in the International Security and International Affairs division of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Washington DC office of McKinsey and Company, and the Center for the Management of Innovation and Technology at the National University of Singapore.

How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?

I use the skills I learned in the English Department every day. I learned how to interpret texts, question prevailing wisdom, and make persuasive arguments. I also learned how to speak in front of a group without losing consciousness. More directly, I cultivated a life-long love of literature and poetry. This has been the greatest gift of all.

Kendall Hoyt