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Ashley Howard

Assistant Professor

Ashley Howard
Ashley Howard

Ashley Howard received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois. Her research interests include African Americans in the Midwest; the intersection between race, class, and gender; and the global history of racial violence. In her dissertation, “Prairie Fires: Urban Rebellions as Black Working Class Politics in Three Midwestern Cities,” Dr. Howard argues that an individual’s position within class, gender, and racial hierarchies directly influenced uprising participation. She is currently expanding her dissertation research into a book manuscript that will highlight the coeval nature between organized protest and violent outbursts.

As an educator, Dr. Howard’s primary goal is to teach students to be effective writers, critical thinkers, and active world citizens. She is also dedicated to sharing her scholarly knowledge outside of the traditional campus community. Specifically, Dr. Howard has greatly valued teaching opportunities where she can provide quality, university-level education to those with limited access, including underserved schools and correctional facilities.

Classes Taught

  • African American Culture and History
  • Global History I
  • Global History II
  • African American Women's History
  • Black Leadership in the U.S.
  • African American History to 1865
  • African American History from 1865
  • Comparative Social Movements
  • Violence in Black America