Ashley Whitehead is a doctoral student in nineteenth-century American history at West Virginia University and works as a park ranger and historian at Richmond National Battlefield Park (RNBP). She received her B.A. in History from The College of William and Mary and a Masters in History, concentrating in Public History, from West Virginia University. She has given papers at numerous conferences, including the National Council on Public History annual conference, and numerous graduate student symposia and conferences at Penn State, William & Mary, and West Virginia University. Ashley also has spoken at several Civil War Round Tables and Sons of Confederate Veterans groups. Previously, Ashley has worked as an interpretive intern at Gettysburg National Military Park, a seasonal park ranger at Historic Jamestowne, a research and collections assistant at Lee Hall Mansion, in Newport News, VA, a tour guide at the historic Wren Building at The College of William and Mary, and a collections assistant at the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology, in Andover, MA.
Ashley’s current academic research (and dissertation) focuses on cultural rituals and social events in the urban Civil War South, and how such cultural rituals stabilized and “ordered” relationships between members of the upper and lower classes on the southern home front.
She is presently working with RNBP historian Bobby Krick and the Civil War Preservation Trust on the content development for a “Battle App” for the Malvern Hill battlefield, which is scheduled to launch in November of 2011. She is also assisting with the event planning for the sesquicentennial of the Seven Days & Overland Campaign in Richmond.
Ashley is a member of the Southern Historical Association, the Society of Civil War Historians, and the National Council on Public History, and currently is serving on the Ad Hoc Committee to the National Council on Public History on the American Civil War Sesquicentennial.
Areas of focus, interest & specialties:
19th-century cultural history, southern history, the southern home front, Public History, Early American Republic , the New South