Ashwood works with communities to resolve environmental, political, and social problems. Her research has designed participatory solutions to the problems posed by industrial animal facilities and gulf hypoxia by drawing on the diverse knowledge of experts in many forms: local, governmental, and scholarly.

Her most recent ventures into the world of agrifood studies involve two collaborative projects: an examination of the impact of Right-to-Farm laws, and the consolidation of landownership in the United States, on rural communities and family farms.

I am currently researching how social action can be facilitated in rural America through various projects on water contamination, property rights, and absentee financial investment in land.

Agriculture, Agriculture Business and Management, Economics, Sociology
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sociology, 2015
MLitt, National University of Ireland, Ireland, Geography, 2009
BS, Northwestern University, Journalism and Political Science, 2007