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Ashlyn Davis

Masters Student


Ashlyn Davis is a writer, researcher, editor, and lover of all things photography. She recently co-edited a book of historic photographs of the American West, titled Islands of the Blest, which was published by Silas Finch in New York. After working in marketing and copywriting for Penguin Books in NYC, Ashlyn moved to Austin, where she is currently a second-year graduate student in the Department of American Studies at the University of Texas. Her research focuses on the intersection of art and culture with an emphasis on American photography. Currently, her Master's research focuses on Richard Misrach's Petrochemical America, which depicts the Chemical Corridor in Louisiana.

Ashlyn also does freelance grant writing for artists and non-profits and most recently worked with Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon helping them to launch their first curatorial program.



Islands of the Blest (2014).

Interview with Katherine Squier. Women Artists: Interviews (August 2014): pp 1-7.

“Memory and Reality in Annick Ligtermoet’s De Verontrustende Wereld,” Unless You Will 26 (June 2013): pp 92–109.


History of Photography, History of American Art, Visual Culture Studies, Southern Studies, Museum Studies
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