College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Ashley Neale

Graduate Student
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 3631


Ashley Neale is a doctoral candidate at the University of Kansas. Born in Ottawa, Canada, Ashley received her MA in History from Trent University in 2015, her Bachelor of Education from Queens University in 2013, and her BA from Trent University in 2012. Ashley is a modern US historian whose research focuses on the development of the US political system, and the architecture for foreign policy-creation. Her research interests include Modern US History, with a focus on US and the World, Policy history, the US Presidency, and Political history.

Her dissertation is on the development of the National Security State architecture under President Richard M. Nixon. It analyses Nixon's changes to the US government policy making structures and considers the interplay between Nixon's political experience and the war in Vietnam on this process.

Selected Publications

"Presidential Preview: Nixon's Vice Presidency and Role in the Vietnam War, 1953-1955," Presidential Studies Quarterly 49:2 (June 2019): 394-416.

Selected Presentations

"Nixon's War: Fighting the Institutional State" Panel: US National Security Organization from Johnston to Carter: The Search for Centralization and Effectiveness, SHAFR Annual Meeting, June 2019

"President Richard M. Nixon's New National Security Architecture and the Vietnam War," Panel: An Overview of 1969 and US Presidential Policy, VNCA/IPAC Conference, 1969: Vietnamization and the Year of Transition in the Vietnam War, April 2019

"The Transition: President Richard M. Nixon's New National Security Architecture" Panel: Challenges to the Welfare and National Security State, 2018 Policy History Conference, May 2018

"Secrecy and Backchannels: President Richard Nixon's Office Structure" Panel: Cold War Executive Decision Making, SHAFR Annual Meeting, June 2017

"Ignorance or Involvement: Executive Branch Decision-Making under President Dwight D. Eisenhower During PBSUCCESS in Guatemala," Presentation: Conflict and International Change Seminar, Hall Center, University of Kansas, September 2016

"Secrecy and Backdoor Channels: President Richard Nixon's Office Structure," Panel: Post War America, Kaw Valley Conference, March 2016

Selected Awards & Honors

Nixon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

Donald R. McCoy Dissertation Research Award, University of Kansas, 2019

James C. Malin Award for Outstanding Teaching by a GTA, University of Kansas, 2019

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Divine Travel Grant, 2019

Hall Center for Humanities Jim Martin Travel Award, 2019

KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2019 Research Excellence Initiative Grant, 2018-2019

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Travel Grant, 2017-2018

Moody Research Grant, LBJ Foundation, 2017

Arthur & Judith McClure Memorial Scholarship, University of Kansas, 2017

Doctoral Student Research Award, University of Kansas, 2017

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Canada Graduate Scholarship--2014-2015

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