Ashley Palmer

Ashley Palmer

Assistant Director of First-Year Writing for Distance Learning and Online Courses.


  • Ph.D, English, The University of Texas at Austin, 2015
  • M.A., English, The University of Texas at Austin, 2010
  • B.A., English, Barnard College, Columbia University, 2005

Research Areas

  • American Literature
  • Women's Work
  • Consumer Culture
  • Digital Humanities

Selected Publications

In Progress

Counter Narratives: Department Store Shopgirls in the American Imagination (monograph)

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“The Heart of Capitalism: Contested Visions of Labor Reform in Lurana Sheldon’s Department Store Novels.” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers. Volume 34, Number 1, 2017, pp. 106-128.

“Forgetting the Uncomfortable: Reading the Shadows of Retail Labor in Sister Carrie and Susan Lenox.” American Literary Realism. Volume 49, Number 2, 2017, pp. 129-151.

“Walt Whitman’s Poetry Reprints and the Study of Nineteenth-Century Literary Circulation.” Co-authored with Matt Cohen, Stephanie M. Blalock, and Alejandro Omidsalar. Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. Volume 35, Number 1, 2017, pp. 1-44.