Hannah M. Ashley

Hannah M. Ashley

Professor; Coordinator of Youth Empowerment and Urban Studies (YES) Program; Founder of Writing Zones 12.5
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  • Ph.D., Temple University


  • Community Organizing and Public Humanities
  • Ecological Humanities
  • First-generation and Working-Class University Students
  • Basic Writing
  • Bakhtinian Voicing Theory
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Community and Academic Literacies

Selected Publications

Making a RUCCAS or How is an Urban Community Change Axis like a Writing Desk? with Katie Solic. (2018). Radical Teacher (111). http://radicalteacher.library.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/radicalteacher/article/view/519

“Who’s Schooling Who?: Counter-Schooling toward Feasible Utopias” with H. Bernard Hall (2016). in Handbook of Research on Community Engagement in 21st Century Education, Frederick Brockmeier and Cate Crosby, Eds. IGI-Global.

"What is Basic Writing?" (2013). Invited chapter in A Rhetoric for Writing Program Administrators. Ed. Rita Malenczyk. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press.

"Apertures and Openings: Hanging Peer Review on Our Rubric." Co-authored with Nicole Fugelo, Gaetan Pappalardo, and Andrew Stout (WCU graduate students). In Peer Pressure, Peer Power. Eds. Steven Corbett, Michelle LaFrance and Teagan Decker. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press. (Under Contract)

"The Idea of a Literacy Dula" (2012). Invited chapter in Unsustainable: Re-imagining Community Literacy, Public Writing, Service-Learning, and the University. Eds. Jess Restaino and Laurie Cella. Part of the "Cultural Studies/Pedagogy/Activism" series published by Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield.

"Social Justice and Multi-Modal Writing for Basic Composition, Really? A Post-Process Framework" (2013). Prezi for BWe: The Basic Writing e-journal.

"The Art of Queering Voices: A Fugue" (2007). Journal of Basic Writing (26.1): 49-64.

"Between Civility and Conflict: Toward a Community Engaged Procedural Rhetoric" (Spring 2006).Reflections: A Journal Of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning 5.1: 49-66.

"Playing the Game: Proficient Working-Class Student Writers' Second Voices" (May 2001). Research in the Teaching of English 35.4: 493-524.

Eight Bullets: One Woman's Story of Surviving Anti-Gay Violence (1995). Co-authored with Claudia Brenner. Firebrand Books. Lambda Book Award Finalist, biography category


Board member, Community Learning Partnership; 2018-present.

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