Ashlyn Hand is a fifth-year doctoral student at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Ashlyn’s research interests involve the intersection of religion and U.S. foreign policy. Her dissertation project examines the implementation of the International Religious Freedom Act. 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. Before graduate school, Ashlyn worked in public relations, serving as the Director of Communication for the Research Valley Partnership.