AboutDr. Ashley Caranto Morford (she/her) is a diasporic Filipina-British settler scholar and educator whose work is accountable to and in relationship with Indigenous studies, Filipinx/a/o studies, critical race studies, anti-colonial methods and praxis, and digital humanities. She is an Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Liberal Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Lenapehoking, the Lenni-Lenape homelands colonially called Philadelphia.
Ashley’s current research asks how literature by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of colour) writers can help settler Filipinx/a/os understand how to be better and more accountable kin and relations to Black and Indigenous communities in colonially called North America. Ashley’s work also closely reflects on and engages with digital spaces, technologies, and infrastructures. She has interest in online social media environments as spaces for social justice mobilization and community organizing.
EducationPhD (2021): English Literature with enrolment in the graduate collaborative Book History and Print Culture program, University of Toronto (Canada) | Dissertation: Settler Filipino Kinship Work: Being Better Relations within Turtle Island | Committee: Alexandra Gillespie (supervisor); Jennifer Adese; Jeffrey Ansloos; Tania Aguila-Way
MA (2014): English Literature, Simon Fraser University (Canada)
BA with Distinction (2013): Double Major in English Literature and Indigenous Studies, Simon Fraser University (Canada)