Studies in the Novel Article on Willa Cather and Mary Baker Eddy’s biography

By | May 26, 2014

A long overdue update. My years-in-the-making essay on Willa Cather’s role in the production of Mary Baker Eddy’s biography for McClure’s came out this past fall in Studies in the Novel.


New Position

By | May 30, 2013

I am pleased to report that I have accepted a full-time position as the Associate Director of the Writing and Communications Center and an English Lecturer at the New Economic School in Moscow, Russia. This is a remarkable institution with a unique mission that I am thrilled to be joining. Building on the work of two excellent outgoing Directors, I and my colleagues will be growing the first US-style writing center in the region, offering consultations in both English and Russian. I will also be teaching core composition and literature courses and literature electives.

Ben-Hur Essay in Arizona Quarterly

By | March 26, 2013

arq.69.1_frontIn this month’s issue of Arizona Quarterly, I discuss the relevance of the 1880 novel of a Union general to modern-day evangelical Christianity, gender, and American foreign policy.


Great Stuff from the Fall Semester

By | January 11, 2013

I had the students in my survey class do a final multimedia project in lieu of a final exam last semester, and I’m thrilled about the results. Most of them used Prezi, but there were poems, Pinterest boards, meatspace analog presentations, and all sorts of great stuff, but here are some examples that I can actually embed for your enjoyment.


An explanation of the assignment with more examples is available under Sample Assignments.

ALR Article Out

By | January 11, 2013









My article on Theodore Dreiser and Christian Science from American Literary Realism is now up on JSTOR. Wheeee!!!


MBE Library Former Fellows Panel

By | January 11, 2013

Back in October, I presented on the authorship of the 1907 McClure’s series, The Life of Mary Baker G. Eddy and the History of Christian Science (thought to be written by Willa Cather for decades–turns out that’s very wrong) at the Mary Baker Eddy Library as part of their 10th Anniversary celebration. They’ve finally made the video available. I believe I’m the third presenter (short lady in the navy dress). A summary of the panel is available here.

Fellows Colloquium: Stories from the Archives from Mary Baker Eddy Library on Vimeo.


By | May 17, 2011

Welcome to the academic portfolio of Ashley Squires, recent PhD graduate and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin.  I also teach part-time in the English department at Southwestern University. My current research interests are in 19th and 20th century American Literature and religion, American realism and naturalism, gender studies, and the medical humanities. My work currently appears in the Winter 2013 issue of American Literary Realism and will soon be appearing in Arizona Quarterly and a special issue of Studies in the Novel on Willa Cather and book history (I recently presented at the Mary Baker Eddy Library on this article and they were cool enough to put a video online). My current book project, based on my dissertation, looks at the responses of major American literary figures to the Christian Science movement at the turn of the twentieth century.

I am also a dedicated teacher, having served as the instructor of record for seven courses in the Department of English and the Department of Rhetoric and Writing.  I recently served as the Assistant Director of the Sophomore Literature Program and have consulted for both the Digital Writing and Research Lab and the Undergraduate Writing Center.  I have also participated in various community outreach programs that help prepare high school students for college level writing.