Ashley A. Mattheis


The Year Ahead 2020 Conference  
Carlton University
December 2019

I work at the intersection of cultural studies, media studies, and rhetorical criticism. My primary interests are feminist theory and the material effects of cultural production and consumption. Along with my PhD., I am completing a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies and am interested in complementing publications with digital humanities projects. My areas of inquiry include discourses of motherhood, victim blaming, and Far/Alt-Right extremism. These discourses contribute to popular, juridical, and cultural expectations of gender by normalizing notions of heteronormativity, unmarked whiteness, and gendered violence within the contemporary United States.

I regularly teach Introduction to Interpersonal and Organizational Communication; Gender, Communication, & Culture; and the Communication Internships course. I have also TA'd for Public Speaking, Introduction to Media Studies, and Persuasion. 

I also work with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at UNC Chapel Hill where I provide consulting services for UNC postdocs focused on Research Development and Funding. In this position I utilize more than seven years of experience working with faculty research development and funding for academic research as well as more than a year of direct grant support on three major grant projects. 

Education: B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies and an M.A. in Communication, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 


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