Ashley Newby serves as a Lecturer and as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of African American Studies.

Dr. Newby completed her doctoral degree in African American and African Studies at Michigan State University in 2016. She earned her M.A. in Sociology of Education from New York University, as well as a B.A. in Social Relations and Policy, and a B.A. in International Relations from Michigan State University.

Previously, Dr. Newby served as a lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to that, Dr. Newby taught for three years in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University, working with both the Leland Scholars and Pre-Collegiate Studies programs.

Her research interests lie at the intersection of Hip-Hop culture and educational spaces, particularly critical literacy and culturally sustaining pedagogies. Her publications include the chapters “The Rhetoric of the Womb” in the The Lauryn Hill Reader (Peter Lang Publishing, 2018), and “Hip-Hop is Not a Metaphor” in In This Together: Blackness, Indigeneity, and Hip-Hop (DIO Press, 2019).

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    Ph.D., African American and African Studies, Michigan State University
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    M.A., Sociology of Education, New York University
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    B.A., Social Relations and Policy, Michigan State University
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    B.A., International Relations, Michigan State University

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