Ashley Caranto Morford
Ashley Caranto Morford (she/her) is a diasporic Filipina-British settler and scholar whose work is accountable to and in relationship with Indigenous studies, Filipinx/a/o studies, critical race studies, anti-colonial methods and praxis, and digital humanities. She is an Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Liberal Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and is in the final stage of doctoral studies in the Department of English and the Book History and Print Culture collaborative program at the University of Toronto.
Ashley’s current research asks how literature by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) writers can help settler Filipinx/a/os understand how to be better and more accountable kin and relations to Black and Indigenous communities in colonially called North America. She is a co-facilitator of the grant-funded BIPOC Solidarities research group at the Jackman Humanities Institute, alongside Sewsen Igbu, Shanna Peltier, and Kaitlin Rizarri. She also co-facilitates grassroots educational programming on BIPOC solidarities with Jovie Galit, Kaitlin Rizarri, and Karla Villanueva Danan.
Ashley is a co-founder of Pedagogy of the Digitally Oppressed, a digital humanities partnership committed to anti-colonial digital research and pedagogy, with Arun Jacob and Dr. Kush Patel. She is also co-editing a forthcoming anthology with Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos and Dr. David Gaertner, which examines Twitter as an Indigenous territory. The anthology will be published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press.