Kathryn (Kat) Alexander is a Ph.D. Candidate with a first field in Security, Peace and Conflict and a second field in Religion and Politics. Her dissertation takes a multi-methods approach to examining how levels of religious commitment within state populations impact foreign policymaking processes and patterns at three levels of analysis. Her primary research interests are religion and international relations, domestic determinants of foreign policy, ideology and politics, American foreign policy, and Middle East politics--particularly with relation to Turkey. She graduated summa cum laude from Sweet Briar College in 2011 and from 2011-2012 was a Fulbright English lecturer at Karadeniz Technical University in Trabzon, Turkey. From 2013-2016 she was the graduate fellow for the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy and was a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow for Turkish from 2013-14.