Ashley’s research focuses on the content and effects of political news. In particular, she is interested in political incivility: what people perceive as uncivil, what the effects of mediated incivility are, and whether political incivility in the news attracts readers. Her dissertation won the 2014 Lynda Lee Kaid Outstanding Dissertation Award. A few recently published articles include: Personal and Public Levels of Political Incivility (International Journal of Communication), News values, cognitive biases, and partisan incivility in comment sections (Journal of Communication, co-authored with Dr. Natalie Jomini Stroud), and Negativity bias or backlash: Interaction with civil and uncivil online political news content (Communication Research, co-authored with Jamie Pond-Cobb and Jamie Matson).

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