Ashley Yup | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

Ashley Yup is a candidate for the Master of Public Affairs (DC Concentration) at the LBJ School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in political science at the University of Nevada, Reno.

While earning her degree, Yup interned with The Federalist Society in Washington, DC. After graduation, she worked at two law firms with the anticipation and goal of attending law school. However, following the 2020 presidential election and her undergraduate research that focused on the effects of gerrymandering and other restrictive laws on voter participation, she realized that her passion for securing voting rights could be further realized through research and advocacy for legislation that pushes back against the attempted limitations enacted which burdens voters.

At LBJ, Yup is researching local policies that allow for lawful permanent residents to participate in the voting franchise with the intent to propose a policy in her immigration class that may facilitate and reextend their right to vote at the state level.

Yup hopes to find a Policy Apprenticeship in DC focused on promoting effective government working in an organization such as the Center for American Progress or the Bipartisan Policy Center in departments that focus on elections or governance.

Policy interests: Gerrymandering; securing voting rights


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