is a Research Associate for the Minerva Research Initiative. Ms. Ringler received a BS in Mass Communication from North Dakota State University in 1999. She served with the US Army as a Civil Affairs Reservist from 2002 to 2010, deploying to Iraq (2004 - 2005) and Kosovo (2007 - 2008). She received an MPP in Global Policy for International Development from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, at the University of Minnesota in 2009. At the Humphrey Institute Kristine’s studies focused on the importance of impact evaluation for development initiatives in multidimensional programs. In 2010 she worked as a Research Manager for the Department of the Army’s Human Terrain Systems, conducting on the ground socio-cultural research in the Basra and Ninewa Provinces of Iraq. As a member of a Human Terrain Team, she conducted research for the Army, the State Department, US Agency for International Development (USAID) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Most recently, Ms. Ringler was an instructor and developer on the District Stability Framework for USAID in Afghanistan; where she taught a methodology that enabled multi-national forces, US and foreign government officials and Afghan provincial government leaders to more effectively develop programs in order to mitigate or reduce the root causes of instability.
Her personal research interests include understanding societal and cultural dynamics of developing nations, to enhance community development initiatives which allow the US and foreign governments to make informed decisions based on sustainable agricultural development and resource management programs. Another interest is studying the effectiveness of COIN Stability Operations initiatives and connecting ground application efforts to strategic levels in a conflict environment. More specifically the relationship between civilian and military operations and the impact it has on the local population.