Ashley Morford is a PhD student in the Department of English, and is a member of the Book History & Print Culture and Sexual Diversity Studies programs. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, she attended Simon Fraser University, where she completed a BA in English & First Nations Studies and an MA in English. During her MA, she was awarded a SSHRC scholarship for her proposal to study performance art through an Indigenous queer theory lens. Her final MA paper drew on Indigenous queer theory to argue that the BBC television series Sherlock can decolonize prevalent perspectives of sexuality. Her current research interests focus on the various editions and theatrical adaptations of Frankenstein and, particularly, the image of Frankenstein’s Creature; she is excited to see the ways that Sexual Diversity Studies helps to shape and further develop this research.
Research Interests: 19th-century British literature, Indigenous studies & decolonizing methodologies, postcolonial theory, book history, gender & sexuality studies, performance studies