AWC Pre-Doctoral Fellows

AWC Pre-Doctoral Fellows

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AWC Pre-Doctoral Fellow Program

Investment in Emerging Scholars

The AWC Pre-Doctoral Program provides PhD students funding for dissertation completion at an AWC leadership institution in his or her sixth year. Any student from an AWC leadership institution or affiliate is eligible to apply.

Duke University

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Robert Allred

Robert Allred is a Political Science PhD candidate with a concentration in security, peace, and conflict and a second field in normative political theory. He specializes in national security and foreign policy issues with a focus on intelligence and cyber. His dissertation assesses the role of politics in congressional oversight of the intelligence community.

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Rebecca Dudley

Rebecca Dudley is a Political Science PhD student with a concentration in security, peace, and conflict and a second field in applied statistics methodology. Her research interests focus on conflict resolution and American foreign policy, with an emphasis on the institutional and individual mechanisms of resolving conflict.

University of Texas at Austin

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Theo Milonopoulos

Theo Milonopoulos is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Columbia University and a 2019-2021 predoctoral fellow at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin.  His dissertation, "No Wider War: Civil-Military Relations, Mid-War Decision-Making, and the Politics of Victory, Stalemate, and Defeat," examines the ability of the president's top military and civilian advisors to influence decision-making and strategic reassessment during the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. His broader research interests include civil military relations, military strategy, bureaucratic politics, and the influence of domestic politics on American foreign policy.

Johns Hopkins University

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Ashlyn Hand

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.

Investment in Emerging Scholars

Cross-Training Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

The AWC Cross-Training Pre-Doctoral Program allows 1-2 PhD students per AWC institution to spend his or her fourth year at another AWC leadership institution. Pre-Doctoral Fellows are expected to conduct research and engage with students, either through teaching or leading discussion seminars.

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So Jin Lee

So Jin Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Duke University with a primary field of study in security, peace, and conflict, with a secondary specialization in methodology. Her main research interests are positive inducements and sanctions as foreign policy tools, nuclear security and diplomacy, and public opinion in international relations.  During 2020-2021, So Jin will be hosted at John Hopkins University.

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Jaehan Park

Jaehan Park is a Ph.D. candidate in international relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Non-resident James A. Kelly fellow at Pacific Forum. Park’s dissertation, entitled “The Age of Geopolitics: Japan, Russia, and the United States in the Far East, 1895-1905,” examines how great powers determine their geopolitical orientation. His research interests include international relations theory, diplomatic history, and national security education. Park holds an M.A. in International Relations from SAIS, and a B.A. in Business Administration from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. Prior to joining SAIS, he served as an officer in the Republic of Korea Army.

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Clay Katsky

Clay Silver Katsky is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at the University of Texas – Austin and a graduate fellow at the Clements Center for National Security. Clay did his M.A. at George Washington University and interned as a FOIA analyst at the National Security Archive. He studies the Cold War and U.S. foreign policy, and specializes in Congress, the C.I.A., and U.S.-Latin American relations. Clay’s current research examines the creation of the congressional intelligence committees. His dissertation is on intelligence reform in the 1970s, which he casts as a process that began before the Church and Pike Committee investigations and fizzled out only after the Cold War returned anew in 1979. He argues intelligence reform produced mixed results due to the failure to establish a legislative charter for the C.I.A. Clay is spending the 2020-21 academic year in Washington, DC as a Predoctoral Fellow at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, part of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. 

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Erik Sand

Erik Sand is a PhD candidate in international relations and security studies. His dissertation Sharing Vulcan’s Secrets: Technology Diffusion and International Power explores why states choose to share advanced military technology with other states. His broader research interests include the political economy of security, escalation and deterrence, grand strategy, maritime issues, and nuclear weapons. He holds a Masters of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University and an A.B. in History from Harvard University. He also a Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy Reserve.

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