Ashley Newby completed her doctoral degree in African American and African Studies at Michigan State University in 2016. She earned her MA in Sociology of Education from New York University, a BA in Social Relations and Policy and a BA in International Relations from Michigan State University. Prior to coming to UCLA, Dr. Newby taught for three years in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University, working with both the Leland Scholars and Pre-Collegiate Studies programs. Her research interests lie at the intersection of Hip-Hop culture and educational spaces, particularly critical literacy and culturally sustaining pedagogies. Her publications include the chapters “The Rhetoric of the Womb” in the The Lauryn Hill Reader (Peter Lang Publishing, 2018), and “Hip-Hop is Not a Metaphor” in In This Together: Blackness, Indigeneity, and Hip-Hop (DIO Press, 2019).