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Ashlyn Hand

AWC Predoctoral Fellow


Ashlyn W. Hand joins the Kissinger Center from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is a doctoral candidate in Public Policy and a graduate fellow at the Clements Center for National Security. Her research focuses on the intersection of U.S. foreign policy and religion and considers the role of human rights promotion in American grand strategy. By analyzing the first two decades of the International Religious Freedom Act, her dissertation examines the durability of foreign policy approaches to promoting freedom of conscience abroad. Ashlyn’s work has been published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution and Foreign Policy.