Ashley M. Howard

Assistant Professor of African American History, Loyola University New Orleans
Chapter Member: New Orleans SSN
Areas of Expertise:
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Public Health

About Ashley

Howard’s research examines the interplay between violence and resistance in black America. Specifically her book manuscript (in progress) analyzes the 1960s urban rebellions in the Midwest, grounded in the way race, class, gender, and region played critical and overlapping roles in defining resistance to racialized oppression. Her research agenda is driven by the desire to provide historical perspectives on salient issues in the black community today, including the growing prison industrial complex and resurgence of anti-black violence. She serves as Book Review Editor for The Black Scholar.

In the News

"Scholar of Urban Riots: Expect More Unrest," Ashley M. Howard, Interview with Peter Schmidt, Chronicle of Higher Education, May 5, 2015.
Ashley M. Howard's research on addressing inequality in urban areas and improving police practices discussed by Nathan Pippenger, "Police Reform in Baltimore and Beyond," Democracy Journal, April 29, 2015.
Guest to discuss the recent protests in Ferguson on Real News Network, Ashley M. Howard, September 3, 2014.
"Why Ferguson Isn’t the Tale of Two Protests," Ashley M. Howard, The Black Scholar, August 18, 2014.


"Radical Histories of the Midwest," Organization of American Historians, March 31, 2015.
Investigates the social, political, and economic conditions of the Midwest that created a distinct regional response to racial oppression.
"Revenant Revolt: Urban Rebellions in the New Millennium," Association for the Study of African American Life and History, September 30, 2014.
Argues that both individual and collective recognition of systemic oppression as well as a political vocabulary to articulate this knowledge, are necessary conditions to foment twenty-first century revolt.
"World on Fire: Comparative Perspectives on the 1960s and Modern Urban Rebellions," Association for the Study of African American Life and History, September 30, 2013.
Compares numerous aspects of the 1960s and 2011 London revolts including political economy, resistance, and the intersectional participation.
"Beyond the Rabble: Manifesting Gender in the 1960s Urban Revolts," Association for the Study of African American Life and History, September 30, 2012.
Interrogates the ways in which contemporary investigators documented, modern scholars interpreted, and protesters/participants embodied highly gendered ideas during the 1960s uprisings.