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Ashley C. Adams

Associate Adjunct Professor of Public Policy
Elinor Kilgore Snyder Endowed Professor


BA, University Of Kansas
MPA, Park University
PhD, Walden University


Ashley Adams is a descendant of early settlers of the historic Black town and federally designated site, Nicodemus, Kansas. She has primarily dedicated her research platform to improving Black history preservation practices within national and state preservation systems, such as her long-term preservation planning analysis work at the Allensworth (California) State Historic Park. Adams also serves as board secretary for the Nicodemus Historical Society and Nicodemus site coordinator for the Voices & Votes: Democracy in America 2023 Smithsonian exhibit. Additionally, and in deep alignment with her preservation policy work, she is a founding co-chair for the Black Reparations Project at Mills College at Northeastern University. Adams is also a founding co-chair for the Mills College at Northeastern University Black Faculty and Staff Association and a member of the Black Action Forum.

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