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Dr. J. Ashley Foster

Dr. J. Ashley FosterDr. J. Ashley Foster is an Assistant Professor of 20th & 21st-Century British Literature with Emphasis in Digital Humanities. She received her PhD from The Graduate Center, City University of New York, in 2014.

Working at the intersection of literary studies, digital humanities, peace studies, and women’s studies, Ashley’s scholarship and teaching employs digital tools to trace the relationships between artistic and activist networks of the long 20th Century and to facilitate intertextual readings between literature and archives. Ashley’s book project, Modernism’s Impossible Witness: Peace Testimonies from the Spanish Civil War, illuminates a concern for peace and social justice in the study of modernism.

From 2014-17, Ashley served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing and Fellow in the Writing Program at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. Ashley and the students from her “Peace Testimonies in Literature & Art” Writing Seminar curated the interactive digital humanities and special collections exhibition Testimonies in Art & Action: Igniting Pacifism in the Face of Total War, which ran from October 6 to December 11, 2015 in Magill Library at Haverford College.

Recent peer-reviewed articles include the co-authored “Changing the Subject: Archives, Technology, and Radical Counter-Narratives of Peace” in Radical Teacher (2016) and “Writing in the ‘White Light of Truth’: History, Ethics, and Community in Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts” in the Woolf Studies Annual (2016).

In her spare time, Ashley enjoys a dedicated yoga practice, dancing, cross-country skiing, and hiking.