Ashlyn W. Hand is a doctoral candidate in Public Policy at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. In addition, she is currently a predoctoral fellow at the Kissinger Center at Johns Hopkins SAIS. 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. Ashlyn received her Master’s in Public Affairs from the LBJ School in May 2015 and her Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from UT Austin in 2012.