Hilarie Ashton is an English Ph.D candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she focuses on American studies, literature, and composition/rhetoric. 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 research areas 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. Ashton is currently a Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow at New York City College of Technology (City Tech); she taught composition and literature at Queens College for three years and has served as a Mellon Writing Fellow at Queens College and the Macaulay Honors College; she is also managing editor for Studies in American Fiction and an assistant editor for the journals Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy and Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion. Her academic writing has appeared in journals such as the South Atlantic Review, Anamesa, and the Journal of Popular Culture. She has presented her work at a range of conferences, including the American Studies Association, the American Comparative Literature Association, 4Cs, the Northeast MLA, and the South Atlantic MLA.
From 2006 to 2008, she was a member of the editorial board of Eyes on the ICC, a publication of the Council for American Students in International Negotiations at Harvard University. She also worked as a writing tutor for the Williams College Writing Workshop. She received her M.A. from the Center for Experimental Humanities (formerly the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought) at New York University, where her focus was on critical and cultural theory. She received her B.A. in English and philosophy from Williams College. She resides, kickboxes, and teaches yoga in Brooklyn.