Dr. Ashley McIlvain Moran is a fellow with the Comparative Constitutions Project in the University of Texas’ Department of Government, where she teaches on constitutionalism in divided societies.
She is also a distinguished scholar at UT’s Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law and a board member with the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED).
At the University of Texas, she previously directed the Strauss Center’s State Fragility Initiative and U.S. Department of Defense-funded program on Climate Change and African Political Stability, served as a core researcher on its DoD-funded program on Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia, and taught on security and development in fragile states at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Overseas, she previously served as parliamentary advisor in Georgia for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), ran democratic reform programs and trainings in Iraq and Azerbaijan for NDI, and designed rule of law programs in Kyrgyzstan for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
She has also served as a consultant for USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation and for UN Security Council member states. She currently focuses on post-conflict constitutional development, the evolution of new institutions, dynamics of state identity and legitimacy, and crisis risks from climate stress in fragile contexts.