Hilarie Ashton is an English Ph.D. candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she focuses on American studies and composition/rhetoric. Her dissertation, “Unsung Heroines in Black and White: Sixties Girl Groups as Influence and Inspiration (1961-2016),” positions (mostly Black) girl groups, like the Ronettes, the Shangri-Las, and the Chiffons, as both creatively and sonically radical in their own right and as influential for White/male artists. Ashton has taught at Queens College and has served as a Mellon Writing Fellow at Queens College and the Macaulay Honors College; she is also managing editor for Studies in American Fiction and an assistant editor for the journals Kairos and Harlot. Her articles have appeared in journals such as the South Atlantic Review, Anamesa, and the Journal of Popular Culture. She has presented her work at a range of conferences, including the American Studies Association, the American Comparative Literature Association, 4Cs, the Northeast MLA, and the South Atlantic MLA. In her spare time, she enjoys kickboxing, petting dogs, and writing fiction.
Ph.D. Candidate in English, CUNY Graduate Center
Teaching Fellow, Queens College
Mellon Foundation Writing Mentor, CUNY
Consultant, Futures Initiative