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Hillary Ash, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Communication

Courses Taught

Human Communication and Culture; Public Speaking; Visual Rhetoric


Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh 
M.A., Kent State University 

Research Interests

  • Rhetoric of Health and Medicine 
  • Rhetorical Studies  
  • History of Gender, Sexuality, and Health  
  • Cultural Representations of Disability 

Publications and Media Placements

  • AshHillary A., “Invisible in a Time of Crisis: Women, Surveillance Definitions, and Rhetorical Possibilities in the AIDS Epidemic’s First Decade,” Rhetoric of Health and Medicine 4, no. 3 (2021)
  • Ash, Hillary A., “Rhetorical Vessels: Public Womanhood as Visual Warrant in World War II Venereal Disease Campaigns,” Women’s Studies in Communication 44, no. 3 (2021)

Honors and Awards

  • Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies (2019)
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship (2018) 
  • Top Student Paper in Disability Issues Caucus, National Communication Association (2017)  

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • National Communication Association
  • Rhetoric Society of America