Ashley Smith-Purviance

Assistant Professor

Contact Information:


Howley Hall 100


Ph.D. - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Brief Biography:

Ashley is an Assistant Professor of Black Studies with a joint appointment in the Department of Public and Community Service Studies. She holds a PhD in Educational Policy and a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her teaching addresses Black critical thought, Black feminist theory, Black girlhoods, and community activism and organizing. Her research examines the various forms of discipline and punishment, anti-Blackness, and gender violence Black girls experience in schools and society. Additionally, her research and community-engaged work explores the necessity of alternative educational spaces—also known as Black girl space, created by and for Black girls.

Area(s) of Expertise:

Critical Theory, Black Girlhood Studies, Education Policy, Sociology of Education, Black Feminisms, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Community-Engaged Research and Organizing, Qualitative Research Methods