Ashley English is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas. Prior to joining the faculty at UNT, she earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. Dr. English's current research agenda brings theories of intersectionality together with scholarship about bureaucratic politics in one of the first projects to examine how “women’s political interests” are constituted in the rulemaking process.
Dr. English is broadly interested in gender, women’s representation, interest groups, bureaucratic politics, and public policy. Her forthcoming Politics & Gender article, "Lobbying Beyond Legislatures: Women's Organizations' Participation in Rulemaking" examines how, when, and why women's organizations participate in the rulemaking process. It shows that women's organizations with large staffs that are structured the most like political insiders or economic interest groups were the most likely to participate in the process, and suggests those large, insider organizations take the lead in coordinating the coalitions that many women's organizations rely on when they participate in rulemaking.. Following the US Women's National Soccer team's 2019 World Cup win, Dr. English's 2021 Social Sciences Quarterly article "Is it a Four Star Movement? Policy Transformation and The US Women’s National Soccer Team’s Campaign for Equal Pay” revealed that the team's equal pay lawsuit received a great deal of media attention and laid the groundwork for future change. However, the team rarely used their case to call for changes in how American equal pay laws are enforced so their case did little to close the gender wage gap for American women in the short run. Dr. English's work has also appeared in Political Research Quarterly, Electoral Studies, Politics, Groups, and Identities, and the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy.
Prior to entering academia, Dr. English worked as a researcher at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, DC for four years. She also received her MA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota in 2013, her MA in Public Policy with a Concentration in Women’s Studies from The George Washington University in 2010, and her BA in political science from Williams College in 2004.