Dr. Ashley E. Cureton

Dr. Ashley E. Cureton is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work and School of Education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA). Prior to her current role, Dr. Cureton was a Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow and lecturer in the School of Education and the Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Cureton explores the educational and mental health needs and outcomes of refugee and migrant children and youth and their families. She seeks to understand how displacement and exploitation impact their overall academic and social development, sense of belonging and cultural identity.
Her research builds on over a decade of research and practice focusing on child and adolescent development among migrant and refugee populations and other marginalized groups in global contexts like South Africa, India, Peru and Ecuador, to name a few.
Prior to attending graduate school Cureton worked as a research associate at Northwestern University's Institute for Policy Research. She also served as a research fellow for the U.S. Department of State in Istanbul, Turkey, working with Iraqi and Syrian refugee youth in school and community settings. Dr. Cureton received a PhD and master's degree from the Crown School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice at the University of Chicago.
She also received graduate certificates in forced migration and refugee mental health from Harvard University, the University of Oxford, and Northwestern University.