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Ashley Young

Title: Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Film and Media Studies
School of Visual Art and Design
Office:  McMaster 218
Resources: Curriculum Vitae
School of Visual Art & Design
Film and Media Studies Program
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Ph.D. University of Southern California, 2021


Dr. Ashley S. Young is a scholar of race and media with an emphasis on African American film and television. Dr. Young received her doctorate from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in Cinema and Media Studies. Her primary research interests include African American media studies, Black cultural politics, television studies, and star studies. Dr. Young’s most recent publication centers Black-themed award shows to trace the explicit ways that Black actresses use shout outs, public expressions of appreciation, in acceptance speeches to create an alternative archive of Black women’s accomplishments onscreen.


African American Cinema
African American Television
American Television
Film & Media Analysis
Media Culture

Recent Publications

“‘There Would Be No Kerry Washington Without Diahann Carroll’: Shout Out Culture, Sisterhood and the Discourse of Black Womanhood,” The Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television, no. 89 (2022): 5-15.
“227, Colorblind Racism and Television, Diff’rent Strokes, Gimme a Break!, Good Times, How to Get Away With Murder, Living Single, The Jeffersons.” Race in American Television: Voices and Visions That Shaped a Nation. Ed. David Leonard and Stephanie Troutman Robbins. Santa Barbara: Greenwood, 2021.
“Televising Black Politics in the Black Power Era: Black Journal and Soul!” with Christine Acham, American Archive of Public Broadcasting, 2020.
“Esther Rolle.” American National Biography. Oxford UP, (2019).

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