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.



Merrill Black on March 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm.

Dear Ashley:

I am in training to be an online adjunct instructor at SNHU and just cited Shitty First Drafts as a wonderful resource for writing teachers–please never take it down, even though you have moved on. Congratulations on your Ph.D. and just wanted you to know that the pebble you dropped with that fabulous blog has an ever widening circle of ripples. All the best, Merrill Black


Philip Smith on July 16, 2013 at 5:48 pm.

A friend works for The Christian Science Monitor, and he told me about your upcoming scholar’s presentation at the MBE Library. I found your website here, and it is excellent. So glad to hear of your work.



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