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Ashley Wells

Ashley Wells (she/her) is a first year Ph.D. student in the American Studies and Culture program at WSU. Raised on Long Island, NY, she completed her Bachelors in English Literature at Binghamton University. She then went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Dartmouth College and a Master’s degree in American Studies from Columbia University. 

Her research interests revolve around Black American women and the mental health crisis. She is specifically looking at how the Black Church has both a positive and negative effect on how Black American women are able to access and utilize mental health treatment. She is also a co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer of a non-profit organization called The Prosp(a)rity Project. This organization is dedicated to improving the financial and economic mobility of college educated Black women. In her free time, Ashley enjoys writing poetry, participating in student government, and pageantry.  

Conference Presentations 

Wells, Ashley. 2021. “Black Women and Depression: How Imagery, Misogyny, and Abuse Affect the Mental Space” presentation for Creating Connections Consortium (C3) Summit, Williams College. 


2022 Campbell Award, Columbia University

2021 – 2022 Columbia Alumni Association Scholar, Columbia University

2021 – 2022 BOLD 10 Under 10 Award, Binghamton University

Asley Wells

Ph.D. Candidate, Teaching Assistant
Thompson Hall 205
509 335 4277