Hilarie Ashton is an English Ph.D candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center,
where she focuses on American studies and literature.
Her dissertation, "Unsung Heroines in Black and White: Sixties Girl Groups as
Innovation and Inspiration," 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.
Her areas of research include (in no particular order) American studies,
composition and rhetoric, critical race studies, memoir, feminist studies,
queer studies, film studies, 20th and 21st century fiction, metafiction,
pedagogy, and cultural studies.
She received her M.A. in humanities and social thought from NYU and her B.A. in
English and philosophy from Williams College.
Want more? Check out her CV.
She's also a freelance editor and a writer (check out Pubs for her pop crit
and essay writing).