Dr. Kent Kaiser is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul.

Prior to coming to Northwestern in 2007, Kent gained over fifteen years of media relations and marketing experience, including eleven years in executive communications. He has served as a political communications consultant to numerous first-time candidates for public office, including two who won seats in the U.S. Congress. He has previously worked at the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, the U.S. Census Bureau, the University of Minnesota, and for several nonprofit public policy organizations. Kent has won multiple awards from the Minnesota Association of Government Communicators.  He oversees the University of Northwestern chapters of the the National Communication Association honor society, Lambda Pi Eta; the Intercollegiate Studies Institute; the College Republicans; and Christians United for Israel. He also serves as a senior policy fellow with Center of the American Experiment, a Minneapolis think tank.

Kent serves as chairman of the board of directors for the Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots and regularly goes on short-term missions trips to minister to children in remote parts of northern Canada.  He is a published author, an avid outdoorsman, and a bagpiper.