Ashleen M. Williams


Ashleen Williams is an Instructional Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi who strives to create a more inclusive community and is interested in questions of power and citizenship.

Ashleen is faculty advisor to the University's First-Gen Student Network. Working as a full-time faculty member, Ashleen earned her Ph.D. in History with a focus on the Modern Middle East. From 2016 to 2023, Ashleen was the Senior Barksdale Fellow at the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College (SMBHC). During her tenure at the SMBHC, Ashleen taught freshman honors seminars, and continues to teach upperdivision courses in public policy and international relations. Before that, Ashleen worked at the Center for Gulf Studies at Qatar University, and studied Arabic as a Georgetown-Qatar Fellow at Qatar University, and conducted research at the Yemen College for Middle East studies in Sana’a.

As a 2013 Mitchell Scholar, Ashleen travelled to the University of Ulster to earn her M.Sc. in Applied Peace and Conflict Studies.  Her thesis concerned Writing on the Walls: Examination of the Contestation of Space in Bahrain through Graffiti and Social Media, a study she began while holding a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Bahrain.  As an undergraduate at the University of Montana, Ashleen earned her B.A. in Political Science and History.  Williams has published in The Journal of Honors in Practice and Peacebuilding, as well as other journals, and presented at international conferences in the United States, United Kingdom, and the Middle East Region. She is the recipient of several awards including the University of Mississippi's Frist Award, an IHL Excellence in Diversity award, a UM Diversity Innovator award, the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award, and a University of Montana Grizzly of the Last decade award. Ashleen was award a Fulbright Research award to Kuwait in 2022 and a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Bahrain in 2011. She is a member of the University of Montana's Craig Circle, a friend of the Davidson Honors College, and a passionate fan of Unviersity of Montana football and University of Kentucky basketball. Ashleen is a Memphis Grizzlies enthusiast.


B.A. Political Science, the University of Montana

M.Sc. Applied Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Ulster

Ph.D. History, University of Mississippi