Gabrielle Hanley

2018 John Jay Fellow

Hometown: Kailua, Hawaii 

College: George Mason University

Degree: B.A. Government and International Politics

Gabrielle Hanley graduated from George Mason University in 2016 with a degree in political science, which culminated in a senior honors thesis defending the need for a continued U.S. military presence on the Korean Peninsula. She spent the subsequent year studying Korean full-time at the Korean Language Institute of Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, under the auspices of the David L. Boren NSEP Scholarship.  

Gabrielle credits an internship at the Heritage Foundation and a Joseph Schumpeter Fellowship at the Mercatus Center for her undergraduate introduction to political philosophy and the principles of economic freedom. Her four years as a student leader with the Catholic Campus Ministry encouraged her to seek truth, beauty, goodness, and excellence in every aspect of life, and to work to provide her fellow man the same opportunity. 

Her research interests include human rights in North Korea, Chinese foreign policy, and the role the U.S. plays in Japan and South Korea's diplomatic relationship. She intends to pursue graduate education in international relations, focused on Asia-Pacific issues. Gabrielle hopes her residency at the John Jay Institute will provide her with the intellectual foundation necessary for the prudent development of effective foreign policy

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