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Ashley King

Ashley King is a doctoral candidate in Religion, Ethics, and Public Life. Her dissertation project, "Hard Femme Religion," explores the intersection of religion and trans identity. Employing trans theory, memoir, and fiction, she shows how trans authors narrate the construction of identity and the body without losing sight of the multiple forms of marginalization and erasure that structure these very categories. She is also pursuing a graduate certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her other areas of interest include animality studies, critical race theory, liberation theology, popular fiction, and pedagogy. Most recently, she co-edited the book Feeling Animal Death: Being Host to Ghosts (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019) and contributed a chapter called "Hos-pet-ality: Handmade Selves and Transspeciated Femininity." She is a graduate student fellow in the Humanities Without Walls-funded project Arendt on Earth: From the Archimedean Point to the Anthropocene (2018-2020). Before coming to Northwestern, she received her MA in Religious Studies from Missouri State University, where her thesis, "Religion and Anthropogenesis: Other Animal Presences in the Science-Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin," received the award for Distinguished Thesis in the Humanities in 2016. Ashley is advised by Cristina Traina.

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