Ashley Carlson



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Ashley Lynn Carlson earned her B.A. in English and French from Chapman University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature from the University of New Mexico, where her research focused on nineteenth-century literature. Her research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century women’s literature, science and literature, cultural studies, television, and popular culture.

Carlson has published essays on nineteenth-century authors Mary Shelley and Sarah Stickney Ellis, as well as multiple works on contemporary television. In 2015 she published an edited collection, Genius on Television: Small Screen Depictions of Small Minds, and she is currently working on two more edited collections, one on women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) on television, and the other on The CW network. She is also continuing her work on nineteenth-century didactic fiction and Sarah Stickney Ellis.

At Montana Western, Ashley Carlson teaches courses in British literature, cultural studies, and composition.

Recent Publications

“Simians, Cyborgs, and Smoak: Felicity’s Gendered Roles,” in Arrow and Superhero Television: Essays on themes and Characters of the Series, edited by Jim Iaccino, Cory Barker, and Myc Wiatroski. McFarland Press, 2017.

“Dr. Frankenstein and the Review Board: Research Ethics in Frankenstein,” in Critical Insights: Mary Shelley, edited by Virginia Brackett. Salem Press, 2016.

“Gratifying a Divine Instinct: Sarah Stickney Ellis on Pleasure-Seeking and Feminine Morality,” in Decadences: Morality and Aesthetics in British Literature, 2nd edition, edited by Paul Fox. Ibidem, 2014.

Educational Background

  • B.A., Chapman University
  • M.A., University of New Mexico
  • Ph.D., University of New Mexico