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Ashley Glassburn


Ashley Glassburn is an assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Windsor in Ontario and holds a PhD in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University.  Glassburn’s research is grounded feminist philosophy, critical ethnic studies, and Indigenous cultural revitalization.  There are two main areas of her research. 

Her book manuscript (in-process) “Settling the Past:  Epistemic Violence and the Making of Indigenous Subjectivities” draws on Miami historical narratives and contemporary political projects to explore the dynamics of race, land, and historical evidence in constituting contemporary Indigenous identity.  Glassburn approaches the archives through a Miami feminist standpoint, which critically interrogates the relationship of power and knowledge through a distinctively-Miami informed perspective.

Glassburn is also involved in Myaamia language recovery and revitalization and is working on a set of essays that bring feminist analysis of gender, power, and knowledge to current trends in the industry of Indigenous language revitalization.

Read about my current research activity.

Teaching Philosophy

Throughout her courses, Dr. Glassburn teaches students to engage each other and the world around them with thoughtfulness and generosity.  Dr. Glassburn’s lower level courses emphasize applying feminist thought to everyday life and interactions while her upper level courses require significant work outside of the classroom to practice the skills of engaged citizenry.  

Classes Regularly Taught

WGST-1200:  Gal Pals:  Women and Friendship

WGST-2700: Gender, Power, and Language

WGST-3050:  Feminist Theories

WGST-3990: Special Topics – Indigenous Feminisms

Opportunities for Students to Work with Dr. Glassburn

Undergraduate Students: 

Check out the current Teaching Assistantships available for Dr. Glassburn’s classes at  There are often positions available for WGST-1200 and WGST-2700 when offered.

Dr. Glassburn often hires undergraduate students as project coordinators and research assistants to work with her on historical research and language curriculum projects.  Please be in touch with her if you’re interested in working on a project.

Graduate Students:

Dr. Glassburn is looking for doctoral and post-doctoral associates (from any university) who are trained in Algonquian linguistics to work on Myaamia curriculum projects with her.  This work would include designing printed curriculum and assisting with language revitalization workshops in Indigenous and university settings.

Abbreviated CV

President’s Indigenous Peoples Scholar

Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies

University of Windsor, 2018 - present

Select Publications:

Biopolitical Resistance to Indian Relocation on the Frontier.” American Quarterly. Vol. 71, no. 3, (Fall 2019): 863-870.

Settler Standpoints.” William & Mary Quarterly. Vol. 76, no. 3, (Summer 2019): 399-406.

“Indigenous Feminisms,” Rethinking Women's and Gender Studies II, edited by Catherine A. Orr and Ann Braithwaite (forthcoming with Routledge/Taylor and Francis 2020).

 “What Makes an Interdisciplinary Feminist Scholar? Preparing for the Unknown in a Skill-centered Curriculum.”  Feminist Studies. 44, no. 2 (2018) 363-378. 

Subjectivity and Comparison." Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, special issue "Indigenous Conversations about Biography."* Vol. 39, No. 3, (Summer 2016): 429-433.

Archival Absence: the Burden of History.” Settler Colonial Studies 5, no. 2 (2015): 128-144.

Indigeneity and the Work of Settler Archives.” with Melissa Adams-Campbell and Courtney Rivard. Settler Colonial Studies 5, no. 2 (2015): 109-116.

Research Fellowships and Awards:

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Award. 2017.

American Philosophical Society's Phillips Fund Grant. 2017.

Office of Research Development and Administration, Culture of Research Excellence Fellow, Eastern Michigan University. 2017.

Provost Faculty Research Fellow, Eastern Michigan University, 2016.

Service Learning and Community Engagement Fellow, Eastern Michigan University. Winter 2016.

Institute for Research on Women, “Decolonizing Gender/ Gendering Decolonization” Fellow, Rutgers University. 2013-2014.

Mellon Foundation's John E. Sawyer Fellow “Race, Place, and Space in the Americas.” Center for Race and Ethnicity, Rutgers University. 2012-2013.

Newberry Library of Chicago, Frances C. Allen Fellow. 2011.

Doctoral Leadership Development Institute Fellow, Rutgers University. 2010-2011.

Center for European Studies Fellow, “Building Democracy in Multi-Ethnic Societies.” Rutgers University. 2007.