Ashley E Nickels

Ashley E Nickels
Kent State University | KSU · Department of Political Science

Ph.D., Public Affairs- Community Development

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August 2014 - May 2015
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Position
  • Instructor
August 2011 - August 2015
Rutgers- Camden
Position
  • Graduate Research Assistant and Instructor

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Publications (22)
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Even amid a global pandemic, the ideologies, thought processes, and motivations of public actors can be explained through theory, particularly framing. We argue that the words and symbols used or not used are vitally important to shaping how the public understands, responds to, and navigates our new normal. Moreover, this framing shapes our collect...
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The Flint Water Crisis captured the attention of the world in January 2016 when both the state and federal governments declared a public health emergency in Flint, MI. Building on framing theory, we look to both the theory of casual stories and critical intersectionality to explain both how and why local grassroots associations (GAs) and high-capac...
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Municipal takeovers are a state policy ostensibly designed to address urban fiscal crises by “temporarily” taking over local government, suspending local control, and implementing sweeping austerity measures. Although framed as “apolitical,” takeovers have the capacity to reshape local democracy. These changes radically rearrange how decisions are...
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The rise of Black Lives Matter (BLM), as an intentionally intersectional movement, challenges us to consider the ways in which BLM is reimagining the lines of Black activism and the Black Liberation Movement. BLM may be considered the “next wave” of the Civil Rights Movement (CRM), guiding how and with whom the movement will progress. We use a cont...
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Abstract: Individuals possessing minority status(es) often struggle with the issue of authenticity, asking, Am I good enough? Am I an expert? Am I a fraud? Here, we explore how this process of minimizing one's contribution to social change is manifest in what we refer to as the feminist impostor phenomenon. This project began as a bio-ethnographic...
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Feminist Pedagogy, Practice, and Activism: Improving the Lives of Girls and Women is an anthology which examines the importance of integrating feminism and women’s studies into lives of young adults. Women’s studies and feminist programming provide vital opportunities for young women and men to acquire leadership skills and the confidence to challe...
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Municipal takeovers proceed by a state declaring that a municipality is in fiscal crisis and placing it in receivership, handing over most local processes to a state-appointed manager. This policy of aggressive state intervention calls into question two principles of local autonomy enshrined in home rule: that allowing local matters to be handled b...
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Because governmental structures put in place to mitigate disaster risks and aid communities in the disaster recovery process have, at times, proven to be inadequate, reliance on other types of organizations is necessary for some communities to survive. Although there are a number of different actors that played a role in the reestablishment of comm...
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The Problem.Higher education and human resource development (HRD) personnel are constantly seeking ways to enhance the job satisfaction and leadership development of women of color, which is often challenged by resources and cultural climate.The Solution.As organizations seek to address improvements within these areas, HRD practitioners and higher...
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As post-industrial, mid-sized cities continue to face fiscal threats, states are seeking ways to stave off further crises. Some states are engaging in the direct governing of city institutions, affecting the community more broadly as recovery policies are applied, implemented, and institutionalized. Michelle Wilde Anderson coined the term “Democrat...
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With an emphasis on how student affairs professionals and student development theory can assist public administration faculty, this article offers a framework for educating and developing undergraduate public administration students to be effective agents of social change. Developed with roots from student development theory, The Social Change Mode...
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With an emphasis on how student affairs professionals and student development theory can assist public administration faculty, this article offers a framework for educating and developing undergraduate public administration students to be effective agents of social change. Developed with roots from student development theory, The Social Change Mode...
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Learning from their shared experiences at the Teaching Public Administration Conference held in Frankfurt, Kentucky in 2009, three adjunct instructors give voice to the hundreds of practioners teaching in the field of public administration. The authors articulate varying ways that adjuncts challenge students to move beyond the text and examine what...
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Learning from their shared experiences at the Teaching Public Administration Conference held in Frankfurt, Kentucky in 2009, three adjunct instructors give voice to the hundreds of practioners teaching in the field of public administration. The authors articulate varying ways that adjuncts challenge students to move beyond the text and examine what...

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This is a book project, currently under contract with Temple University Press. The project examines the political and participatory impact of municipal takeover, colloquially referred to as emergency (financial) management. The book project focuses on two issues: 1. how the implementation of municipal takeover policy directives, by a state-appointed manager, impacts local governance; and 2. how changes to local governance influences community responses, including that of the local nonprofits, community based organizations, and grassroots activists. The book project also addresses the the relationship between municipal takeover and the Flint Water Crisis.