Ashley Walters is a PhD student in the department of History.
She focuses on nineteenth and early-twentieth century Jewish history in Eastern Europe. Ashley received her M.A. in Jewish Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, as well as two bachelors’ degrees, one in Anthropology from SUNY Plattsburgh and the second from SUNY Albany in Judaic Studies.
Her research explores the impact of political and economic dislocation on Jewish society and cultural production, as well as gender roles and relations in definitions of Jewish modern identity. Her dissertation will focus on the position of Jewish women as primary breadwinners in Eastern European Jewish economies and how economic roles translated into tensions within pre-existing religious-spiritual structures during the nineteenth-century.