WIIS New England is a WIIS U.S. chapter based in Boston, Massachusetts. It was founded in 2007 by women from Brandeis University, Tufts University, Harvard University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Annie Yu Kleiman is a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, specializing in International Security and Human Security. Her thesis work is on cataloguing the personal experiences of family members during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
Prior to Fletcher, Annie served for ten years as an Air Force intelligence officer, most recently as a course director with the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School. In that capacity, she educated hundreds of military and government personnel on intercultural competence, the Pacific theater, and insurgent warfare. She has deployed to Southwest Asia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. During her deployment to Afghanistan, she served on a Cultural Support Team attached to U.S special operations forces, engaging with local women and children during outside-the-wire missions.
Kerney Perlik is an active duty Army officer and graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law an Diplomacy, specializing in International Security Studies and Political Systems and Theories. Following her graduate studies, Kerney will be assigned as an Instructor of International Relations and Comparative Politics at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Kerney has spent the last 8 years in the Army as an Aviation Officer and UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot, most recently as a Flight Company Commander at Fort Hood, TX, where she was responsible for the training and welfare of 50 Soldiers and ten Blackhawk helicopters. She has also been assigned to and performed leadership roles at Fort Rucker, AL, Fort Bragg, NC, and Camp Humphreys, South Korea. As a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, Kerney deployed to Eastern Afghanistan for one year as a Flight Detachment Commander, multi-national air mission and air assault planner, and Blackhawk Pilot.
Katherine Kranz Jordan
Katherine Kranz Jordan is a candidate for the Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She is a 12-year Navy veteran and holds the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Ms. Jordan was commissioned in the Navy in 2002 and qualified as an E-2C Hawkeye Naval Flight Officer in 2005. She flew three deployments with VAW-113 Black Eagles and the USS RONALD REAGAN Carrier Strike Group.
From 2011-2012, Ms. Jordan served on the NATO Rule of Law Field Support Mission in Afghanistan, working as a strategic planner, research assistant and executive aide. Her last assignment on active duty, from 2012-2014, was as Special Assistant to the Commander, NATO Joint Force Command and US Naval Forces Europe/Africa in Naples, Italy.
Ms. Jordan is a co-author and editor of In the Shadow of Greatness: Voices of Leadership, Service and Sacrifice from America’s Longest War, a two time Los Angeles Times best seller chronicling junior officers’ experiences in the post 9/11 military. She holds a B.S. in English from the United States Naval Academy and a M.A. in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma.
March 24, 2015: WIIS New England, in collaboration with Fletcher Global Women, hosted a discussion on "Achieving Inclusive Security in Syria." Carrie O’Neil of the Institute for International Security and Professor Dyan Mazurana discussed the inclusion of women in decision-making about war and peace in Syria. A question and answer session followed this discussion.
March 31, 2015: WIIS New England hosted an event in partnership with the Fletcher Security Review on "The Military at Home and Out Front." This event will explore the personal experiences of active and prior duty military personnel, and explore current transitions and future challenges of the military.
November 19, 2014 : WIIS New England hosted a breakout session with Dr. Querine Hannon. She gave a talk at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and speak with WIIS members about her career.
December 2014 : WIIS New England coordinated a field trip to the U.S. Naval War College to participate in the second day of their Conference on Women, Peace, and Security. WIIS New England also coordinated a meet and greet event for WIIS members at the U.S. Naval War College and Security Studies students from the Boston area.
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