Ashley Glassburn


Ashley Glassburn is an interdisciplinary scholar with a PhD in Women’s and Gender Studies who uses feminist analysis of power and knowledge production to understand the role of historical narrative in shaping Indigenous subjectivity, political rights, and belonging.  Glassburn is a member of the Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana with whom she serves as a research consultant and Myaamia language educator.

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.

As an adult Glassburn became involved in the efforts to recover and revitalize the Miami language in the early 00s.  Glassburn was one of several Miami who founded the saakaciweeyankwi summer immersion camp for Miami youth in 2007.  Since then she has developed a model for teaching Myaamia grammar, which she is developing into a workbook for Myaamia learners to study remotely.   She is also 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.

Glassburn serves on the nomination committee of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association and was a co-founder of the National Women’s Studies Association Indigenous Peoples Caucus.  Glassburn works with a consortium of Women’s and Gender Studies scholars to collect data on how the rise of PhDs in the field is changing the field.  Her work within this consortium focuses on how interdisciplinary feminist methods and feminist theory pedagogy continue to shape the field.

Glassburn, like many other members of the Miami Nation are assigned BIA payroll numbers and were named in the 2009 Cobell settlement as “Adult American Indians” even though the Miami Nation of Indiana lost their status as a federally recognized tribal in the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act.  If you are interested to learn more about the membership status of Dr. Ashley Glassburn or her genealogy, feel free contact the Miami Nation of Indiana or read about the history of the Bondy line in Stewart Rafert’s The Miami Indians of Indiana: a persistent peoples 1654-1994

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.