Areas of Concentration: African Visual Culture, African Photography, Postcolonial and Trauma Theory
Faculty Advisor: Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie
Committee Members: E. Bruce Robertson, Mireille Miller-Young (Feminist Studies, UCSB)
Dissertation: "Fantasy Exchanges: Global Circulation of Modern Masculine Tropes in Congolese Art, 1974-2014"
M.A. Thesis: "Concerning Visual Representations of Child Soldiers in Sierra Leone" (University of Florida, Gainesville, completed 2012)
Ashleigh Lynch is a fourth year doctoral candidate specializing in African visual culture. She is interested in the circulation of images related to Africa, especially how popular Western media outlets implement representations of Africa and Africans to negotiate narratives pertaining to cultural power. Her current research examines the ethical dimensions of documenting violence and suffering in the Democratic Republic on the Congo from both foreign and local perspectives.
In addition to volunteering for the Art History Outreach program, Ashleigh has worked in various capacities on contemporary art exhibitions at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, the Ormond Memorial Art Museum, and the Art, Design, & Architecture Museum in Santa Barbara. She is the 2015-16 recipient of the AD&A Museum Curatorial Fellowship.