Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Ashley Hetrick

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Ph.D. Candidate, English Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Present) , M.A., English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (May 2009) , B.A., English and Women’s and Gender Studies, Magna Cum Laude, with Departmental Honors in Literary Studies, Beloit College (May 2007).

Teaching Interests

American Studies, Autobiography, eLearning, Flipped Classrooms, Material Culture, Skillshare, Technology, Writing


English 116: Introduction to American Literature (Spring 2012), Rhetoric 233: Advanced Composition (Fall 2011-Spring 2012), English 209: British Literature to 1798 (Spring 2011, TA), English 255: Survey of American Literature I (Fall 2009-Fall 2011, TA), Rhetoric 105: Principles of Composition (Fall 2008-Fall 2010)


The Days of Small Things: Class, Mobility, and Material Culture in Early American Literature. (in progress)

Research Interests

Autobiography, Class, Early American Literature, History of American Invention, Material Culture, Trauma Theory & Memory Studies, Travel Literature

Selected Publications

Book Contributions

  • Hetrick, Ashley, and Derek Attig. "Sitting Pretty: Fat Bodies, Classroom Desks, and Academic Excess." The Fat Studies Reader. Ed. Esther Rothblum and Sondra Solovay. New York: New York University Press, 2009.


  • Hetrick, Ashley. "E Pluribus Unum." Rev. of On Lingering and Being Last: Race and Sovereignty in the New World , by Jonathan Elmer. Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts 54.1 (2012): 175-180.