© 2023 by Jennifer S. Bryson.

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Jennifer S. Bryson is a Visiting Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. She is a 2019 Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow.


She studies and is engaged in policy advocacy related to America, political freedoms, religion, and sports.


She has a B.A. from Stanford University in Political Science, an M.A. from Yale University in History, and a Ph.D. from Yale in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. While she was an undergraduate at Stanford, she studied Marxism-Leninism for two semesters at the Karl Marx University in the former East Germany.

In Yemen, 2002


From 2009 - 2018 she studied and worked with Muslims who support religious freedom from within the traditions of Islam and led the way in developing the website IslamRFI.org.


From late 2001-2008 she worked for the U.S. Department of Defense. Her assignments included strategic outreach to media and civil society institutions in Egypt and Yemen, working at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and serving on the Policy staff of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. While working for DIA, she was an interrogator at Guantanamo from 2004 - 2006. From 2009 - 2014 she was Director of the Islam and Civil Society Project at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, NJ and from 2014-2016 she was founding Director at the Zephyr Institute in Palo Alto, CA. 


She taught part-time 2010-2017 and was a Visiting Professor 2012-2013 at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA.


Jennifer's project Let All Play is working to get politics out of sports. Learn more at LetAllPlay.org. Check out (sign and share!) her international petition to FIFA against political symbols on uniforms. 

She is a member of the Group of Friends Experts for the Convention against Torture Initiative 2024 (cti2024). She serves on the Advisory Council of the Center for Women, Faith, and Leadership at the Institute for Global Engagement.


Jennifer is on Twitter @brysonjs and at Academia.edu.



She is an adult convert to Catholicism.


Outside the office, Jennifer is an enthusiastic advocate for bicycling as day-to-day transportation and she enjoys watching soccer and baseball.


She leads a CanaVox Reading Group in Washington, DC,

volunteers at her church, created Marvel Believe Care to provide educational materials about the Bible and caring for God's creation.  

She enjoys walking her dog Poppy and taking her for rides on her bicycle.