SACRAMENTO – Best-selling author, former State Department official, and national security and foreign policy scholar Dr. Kiron Skinner will receive this year’s annual Taube Family Freedom Prize, the nonpartisan Pacific Research Institute announced today.
Dr. Skinner will be presented with the award at PRI’s 2022 Sir Antony Fisher Gala, which will be held on September 28 at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley in Palo Alto.
“Dr. Kiron Skinner has devoted her life’s work to promoting liberty and advancing democracy around the world following the Cold War,” said Sally Pipes, PRI President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy. “Her brilliant academic work preserving President Reagan’s foreign policy accomplishments, and her strong, principled voice advocating for a freedom-oriented foreign policy make her an ideal choice to receive this year’s PRI Taube Family Freedom Prize.”
Kiron Skinner is the Taube Professor for International Relations and Politics at the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy. She previously served as the Taube Professor for International Relations and Politics at Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Politics and Strategy.
Skinner is also the W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a Visiting Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Her past government service includes serving as the director of the office of policy planning and senior advisor at the US Department of State (2018-19). She is an award-winning and best-selling author with her particular scholarship focused on the life and public policy of former president Ronald Reagan.
“As one of America’s preeminent experts in foreign policy and national security, Dr. Skinner has served our country at the highest levels of the State Department and White House,” said Tad Taube, Chairman of Taube Philanthropies. “We are pleased to recognize her impressive scholarship and leadership in defending our freedom.”
Every year, PRI’s Taube Family Freedom Prize is awarded to an individual whose courage, accomplishments, and principled leadership has advanced the cause of liberty. Past PRI honorees include Baroness Margaret Thatcher, Nobel laureate Dr. Milton Friedman, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Dr. Arthur Laffer, columnist and best-selling author Dr. Charles Krauthammer, and radio and TV host and best-selling author Mark Levin.