- Fulbright Award - Student (1971)
- Fulbright Hays Award
Hayes' educational background includes: B.S., Journalism, Northwestern University; M.A., Spanish Literature, New York University; and Ph.D., Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington.
Dr. Hayes is Vice President of Evidence Based Research, Inc, a defense research consulting firm. From November 1997 to March 2004 she served as the first Director of the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS) at National Defense University. Throughout her career, she has specialized in U.S./Latin American political economy and security issues. Before assuming her position at CHDS, Hayes led studies on U.S./Latin American Naval and Air Force cooperation with Latin American countries for Evidence Based Research, Inc., as a visiting fellow at the Center for Naval Analyses. She served as External Relations Advisor of the Inter-American Development Bank from 1987 to 1991. From 1984 through 1987, she served as Director of the Washington Office of the Council of the Americas. She served as Senior Western Hemisphere staff person on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Associate Director of the Center of Brazilian Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and as Senior Analyst in the Policy Sciences Division at CACI, Inc. Hayes has also taught at George Mason University. She is the author of many publications, including numerous reports, book chapters, and journal articles.