Ashley Zhou

Ashley Zhou is a PhD student in the Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education at the UC Berkeley School of Education and San Francisco State University. Originally from New Jersey, she completed her undergraduate thesis on Asian American women’s mental health and affective responses to racialization under Vivian Huang. She served on the board of the Taskforce for Asian American Progressive Advocacy and Studies and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a BA in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and a minor in economics in 2017.

Following graduation, she worked in the public charter school system in Washington, D.C. She has been employed at the MacArthur Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and she currently serves as the Graduate Student Advisor for the Cal in the Capital program at the UC Berkeley Public Service Center. Her work has been presented at the Association for Asian American Studies Annual Conference and at the University of California Center for Research on Special Education, Disabilities, and Developmental Risk conference.

Her research interests include the intersection of special education and Critical Race Theory, and comparative studies of race in education.


B.A., Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, minor in economics, Harvard College, magna cum laude