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Lecturer in Security Studies, Macquarie University

Dr. Jennifer S. Hunt is a lecturer in security studies at Macquarie University and a non-resident Fellow at the US Studies Centre, USYD, specialising in the national security of critical systems including cyber and energy. She has published on comparative national security strategies of the US, Australia and the Arab Gulf. Dr Hunt has served as a delegate at the Shangri-la Dialogue, and attended the World Economic Forum in Abu Dhabi, and Cycon at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Estonia.

She currently leads two major grants on Foreign Interference and Cyber war (Defence Strategic Policy Grant) and Tracking Disinformation Across Terrains. Dr. Hunt’s latest report (released through the Global Health Security Network) looks at COVID-19 disinformation and conspiracy theories, as well as their longer-term implications.

Dr. Hunt is a sought after expert, providing commentary on ABC’s Q&A, CNBC, BBC, and the History Channel. Jennifer has been student-nominated for teaching awards across security studies, business and politics departments. 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.

Dr. Hunt holds a PhD and Master’s Degree in International Security from the University of Sydney. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (USA) where she was captain of the Women’s Sabre Fencing team.

She also holds a private pilot’s license.


  • 2021–present
    Lecturer, Macquarie University
  • 2016–2020
    Lecturer, The Australian National University


    University of Sydney, PhD

Research Areas

  • International Relations (160607)
  • Political Science (1606)