Eastern Michigan University
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Ashley Glassburn Falzetti

Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies

Falzetti 714P Pray Harrold



Home Department

Women's and Gender Studies


Ph.D., Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 2014.
MA, Philosophy, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 2006.
BA, Philosophy, Sociology, and Religion, Carson-Newman College, 2002.

Interests and Expertise

My scholarship and teaching explores the ways that power structures are sustained through social change, how resistance is co-opted, and what we can do despite all of this.  In broad terms, I am interested in how we move forward given the long histories of violence and systemic oppression that shape the worlds we inhabit.  Thematically, I am drawn to the simultaneous production of race, gender, place, and nation.  As a member of the Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana, my work is anchored to the comparative histories of race and settler-colonialism in the Lower Great Lakes.  I also love plant biology, art, poetry, and dismantling all systems of oppression.

Current Research Projects

Settler History

I am currently developing a book manuscript on the practices through which settler history is written and normalized.  This research draws heavily from popular historical narratives about the Miami Nation of Indians of the State of Indiana to parse out how everyday acts reiterate settler belonging and render the Miami Indians still living in Indiana as unintelligible within a settler narrative of indigeneity.  Influenced by feminist and decolonial approaches to power and knowledge production, this book articulates the socio-epistemic work everyday narratives of history do in a U.S. settler context.

 Algonquian Language Revitalization

I have worked on Miami Nation of Indiana language revitalization programs since 2008, including developing curriculum and organizing an annual summer language camp for tribal youth.  In Winter 2015 I expanded this work to engage multiple Algonquian languages – mainly Myaamia, Ojibwe, and Potawatomi.  Through a generous grant through Women in Philanthropy at EMU, I was able to buy dictionaries and grammars in these languages and work with Algonquian linguists to develop a curriculum to teach learners at EMU how to use these books for themselves.  This allows learners to move beyond brief conversational phrases to writing their own original stories in Algonquian languages.  I am editing a book of these stories that will feature just Myaamia and Ojibwe on illustrated pages with appendices in English.  The storybook includes essays on the development of the curriculum and the potential of multi-language Algonquian workshops.

Critical Ethnic Studies in the Lower Great Lakes

Despite the whiteness of the Midwest, the Lower Great Lakes have always been an ethnically diverse region.  In my research and teaching, I am working towards articulating the racial and ethnic complexity of this region and how patterns of migration here are related to global forces.  Working with a small number of graduate students on archival methods and content analysis, I am training students to critically assess ethnic history in the Lower Great Lakes, which involves understanding how racial and ethnic difference is maintained through sexual and gendered practices. 

Professional Organizations

National Women's Studies Association
Native American and Indigenous Studies Association
Critical Ethnic Studies Association
American Studies Association

Publications and Presentations

Recent and Upcoming Presentations

NWSA, November 2015: “Encounters between Native and Women’s and Gender Studies.”

ASA, October 2015: “Settler Longings and a Sense of Justice.”

NAISA, June 2015: “Gender, Place, and Indigenous Memory.”

CESA, May 2015: “The White-supremacist-hetero-patriarchal-logic of ‘métis’ in the Lower Great Lakes.”



"Archiving Absence: the Burden of History." Settler Colonial Studies. (now available online, print version will be out in Winter 2015.)

“Indigeneity and the Work of Settler Archives.” Co-written with Melissa Adams-Campbell and Courtney Rivard, Settler Colonial Studies, (Winter 2015.)

"Political Affects: Transdisciplinary Trajectories of Affect and Emotion." JAC: a Forum for Interdisciplinary Inquiry into Rhetoric, Writing, Culture, and Politics 21:1 (2008): 299-308.

"Reading YouTube, Contextualizing Theory." Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources 29:1 (2008): 27.

Courses Taught

WGST 200: Introduction to Women's Studies
WGST 300: Feminist Inquiry (Fall)
WGST 379: Native Feminisms (on occasion)
WGST 479: Race, Gender, Nation (Winter)
WGST 540: Feminist Methodologies (Winter)
WGST 592: Heteropatriarchy and Colonial Formations (Fall)


Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana - member of the Language Committee
National Women's Studies Association - co-chair of the Indigenous Peoples Interest Group
Native American and Indigenous Studies Association
Critical Ethnic Studies Association
American Studies Association