Jeni Hunniecutt

Jeni Hunniecutt served in the U.S. Army National Guard for 6 six prior to earning her PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Denver. Jeni became interested in military experiences of transitions (reintegration home from war and post separation from military service) as well as trauma related to military service (Post Traumatic Stress, Military Sexual Trauma, Traumatic Brain Injury) because of her own lived experiences as both a Veteran and a scholar. Jeni specializes in community-engaged, participatory research *with* Military/Veteran communities. She is skilled in qualitative, ethnographic, arts-based, and indigenous research.

Jeni is also passionate about and skilled at community organizing. She served as the Outreach Specialist for the Sturm Specialty in Military Psychology program at the University of Denver as well as Visiting Research Specialist then Assistant Director of Research Engagement and Educational Programming at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Chez Veterans Center. She has served in leadership roles with nonprofit Veteran-serving organizations The Missions Continues and Illinois Joining Forces.

Jeni authored “Rethinking Reintegration and Veteran Identity: A New Consciousness” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022) and has written multiple book chapters, journal articles, and popular press publications on military/veteran-focused issues.

In addition to being a Ronin Research Scholar, Jeni also holds an appointment of Adjunct Research Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Kinesiology and Community Health with the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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