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 Coaquannock (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.
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)
With Jeffrey Ansloos and David Gaertner, editors. #NativeTwitter: Indigenous Networks of Relations and Resistance.
Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Forthcoming. 140,000 words.
With Jeffrey Ansloos. “Reading #NativeTwitter: A Qualitative Study of Indigenous Language Twitteratures.” Native American and Indigenous Studies Journal (NAIS).
Forthcoming. 13,000 words.
With Jeffrey Ansloos. “Indigenous sovereignty in digital territory: a qualitative study on land-based relations with #NativeTwitter.” AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples.
2021. 12 pages.
With Arun Jacob and Kush Patel. “Pedagogy of the Digitally Oppressed: Futurities, Imaginings, Responsibilities, and Ethics for Anti-colonial DH Praxis.” Digital Studies/Le champ numérique
. 2021. 5,425 words.
“‘This is an Indigenous City’: Un-/Firsting Early Representations of Vancouver.” Firsting in the Early Modern Transatlantic World
(Series: Routledge Research in Early Modern History). 2019. 23 pages.
With Michelle Levy and Lindsey Seatter. “Digital Projects in the Romanticism Classroom: A Practical Guide to Student Use of WordPress
.” Romantic Circles Pedagogy Commons
– Romanticism and Technology.
2017. 25 pages. REVIEWS “Celebrating the Indigenous-Filipino Community on Bainbridge Island and the Indigenous Women who Brought it into Being: A Review of Honor Thy Mother.” BC Studies
. 2021. 1,988 words. “‘(big)/little’ moments of world-building revolution: a review of Smokii Sumac’s you are enough: love poems for the end of the world.” Transmotion
. 2019. 4 pages. PUBLIC WRITING
With Kaitlin Rizarri. “Calling us in as Settler Filipinx/a/os: A Collective Call to Action Post-Kamloops and in Support of #EveryChildMatters.” Pinay Collection
. 2021. 5,633 words. “Undoing the Colonial Myth of ‘Firsting’”. The Otter for NiCHE (Network in Canadian History & Environment).
2017. 1,000 words.
ProjectsAshley is a co-founder of Pedagogy of the Digitally Oppressed alongside Dr. Kush Patel and Arun Jacob. Pedagogy of the Digitally Oppressed is a digital humanities partnership committed to anti-colonial digital research and pedagogy. Ashley is also co-editing a forthcoming anthology with Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos and Dr. David Gaertner, which examines Twitter as an Indigenous territory. The anthology will be published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press.