Ashley Woodson

  • William A. and Jean S. Stauffer Faculty Fellow in Education
  • Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Theories of race, racism and racial identity
  • Life history and ethnographic methodology
  • Citizenship and civic education


Ashley N. Woodson is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education. She uses qualitative methods and critical theories of race to explore Black kids’ performances of citizenship and activism. Dr. Woodson is particularly interested in the civic stories adolescents tell as they think through intersections of race, gender, sexuality and religion. She received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

Dr. Woodson is inspired by haiku poetry, Afrocentric graphic artists, humorous protest posters and 90s R&B. She has published in Urban Education, the Journal of Lesbian Studies, the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, and Theory and Research in Social Education. Her work has been funded by the American Educational Research Association, National Science Foundation and Spencer Foundation.