Participant Info

First Name
Ashley
Last Name
Steenson
Affiliation
The University of Alabama
Website URL
https://history.ua.edu/graduate-student/ashley-steenson/
Keywords
American History, Southern History, Intellectual History, Political History, Reconstruction, Gilded Age, Progressive era, 1920s, New Deal, Political Philosophy, American Philosophy
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About Me

“So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?”

– Hunter S. Thompson, 1955

I’m a PhD student in American intellectual and political history at The University of Alabama. I completed my MA in history at the University of Mississippi in May 2020. My research considers the connections between political ideologies in the South and the Northeast, primarily during the early twentieth century.

I also have a graduate minor in gender studies from the Sarah Isom Center and serve as a graduate student council member for the Southern Historical Association (2021-2023). I have experience in public history through the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on History and Context and the Alabama Memory Project. My writing has been featured in both print and online publications, like History Today and the Washington Post.

Recent Publications

Academic Writing 

“A War of Ideas:” L.Q.C. Lamar and American Political Thought, MA Thesis, University of Mississippi, 2020, ProQuest (27738820)

Non-Academic Writing 

Irene Scruggs: The Life of a Blueswoman, Women’s History Network Blog (forthcoming)

Out on Good BehaviourHistory Today, Vol. 74, No. 11 (Nov. 2021)

Viral sorority TikTok videos share only one side of Southern university lifeThe Washington Post, August 27, 2021

Frank Lloyd Wright in the Deep SouthDeep South Magazine, August 6, 2021

Historic Highway 90: “The Southern Route 66,” Yall.com, July 29, 2021

The Mississippi Delta: One-of-a-Kind History & FoodYall.com, July 14, 2021

Roosevelt’s Southern ConnectionHistory Today, Vol. 71, No. 3 (March 2021)

Media Coverage
Guest, The Y'all Show, July 15, 2021,  https://yall.com/podcast/watch-ashley-steenson-mississippi-delta-one-kind-history-food/
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
American Presidents, Gender, Government, Higher Ed, Law, Literary History, Local & Regional, Politics, Public History, Race