Ashley Lenihan Ph.D.

Ashley Thomas Lenihan is a Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and Deputy Director of the MSFS Program. She is an expert on economic statecraft, foreign investment, and national security, and author of Balancing Power without Weapons. (new window) Her policy work in the U.K. and Europe focuses on improving the impact of research on policymaking, and she regularly provides testimony to the U.K. Parliament and consults for public and private sector bodies internationally.

Ashley is also a Senior Policy Advisor at the British Academy of Management (BAM), a non-resident Fellow at the Centre for International Studies at the London School of Economics (LSE), and an Associate at the foreign policy think tank LSE IDEAS. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an individual member of the U.K.’s Parliamentary & Scientific Committee.

Previously she was Head of Policy & Engagement at BAM, a Senior Policy Advisor at the Academy of Social Sciences and its Campaign for Social Science, and a Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute. She has taught at SOAS, University of London and Georgetown. She began her career as an investment banking analyst at DLJ/CSFB, and obtained her BSFS and Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University.

Academic Appointment(s)

Professor of the Practice, SFS - Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS)