Dr. Ashley R. Hall (B.A., Christopher Newport University; M.A., Southern Illinois University Carbondale; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh) is an assistant professor of Communication Studies and affiliate faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies. Her research examines the rhetorical significance and power of historical and contemporary rhetorics of Black people, generally, and Black women specifically. She specializes in the study of public discourse, media and culture. Each area oscillates around her interest in African American rhetoric, culture, politics and history in the U.S. context. Dr. Hall’s current research interests examine the intersectional relationship between the politics of gendered blackness, class and sexual expression as it pertains to the development of Black (female) personhood in an anti-black world.
As a PROMPT Fellow, K. Leroy Irvis Fellow, and IC Diversity Scholar, she has received recognition for her research and teaching. Most notably, Dr. Hall is the 2016 recipient of the National Communication Association's African American Communication and Culture Division Outstanding Dissertation Award for her dissertation, Theorizing Rival Rhetorics of Black Maternities: Imagining Reproductive Life in Social Death. In this award-winning study, she focused on the ways that Black women navigate their social lives within social death via their mothering and (re)production. In de-centering a concern for mothering as biological, this study primarily focuses on the ways Black women mother self via their strategies of self-care.
Most Recent Publication(s):
Melissa R. Harris and Ashley R. Hall, "'My Living Shall Not Be in Vain': The Rhetorical Power of Eulogies in the Face of Civil Unrest" (Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric, 2018)
- Public Communication: Communicating in a Diverse World
- Advanced Public Communication and Social Justice
- Gendered Blackness: Black Feminist Culture and Critique
- African American Rhetoric
- Communication, Culture and Rhetoric
- Introduction to Culture and Communication
In addition to her academic and professional responsibilities, she is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Ithaca Alumnae chapter located in Ithaca, NY.