Ashley Baggett

Associate Professor of History
Director of Women & Gender Studies

PhD 2014, Louisiana State University
422-R Minard Hall or 114 Morrill Hall; Phone: 701-231-8299

Areas of Interest and Specialization: Women’s History/Gender Studies, 19th Century U.S., Southern History

Find Dr. Baggett's full CV here

Before obtaining her doctorate in history, Dr. Baggett earned a bachelor’s in secondary education, social studies and taught on various levels—including middle school, high school, and college—since 2003. Because of her education background, she is associate faculty with the School of Education’s Teacher Ed program for History/Social Sciences.

What made you want to be a professional historian?

My parents and their passions inspired me to become a historian. My mother thoroughly enjoyed being a teacher and modeled for me how educators positively impact our future generation. My father has a profound love of history and instilled in me the value of studying the past to understand the present. James Baldwin perhaps said it best, "History...does not merely refer to the past...history is literally present in all that we do." 

What makes you excited working with students?

Students in my classes lead discussions on readings, research projects tailored towards their strengths, conduct oral history interviews, analyze primary sources, participate in experiential exercises and connect with the community and historical profession. I seek to engage students through my passion for teaching history and by having students "do history." This approach enables students to be active participants and collaborate in their learning. I enjoy seeing students make connections, develop critical thinking skills, and grow during their academic career. My hope is for them to be successful both inside and outside the classroom.

Courses Taught:

HIST 104: U.S. History Since 1877
HIST 135: Race in the U.S.
EDUC 481/681: Classroom Practice and Methods: Social Studies
HIST/WGS 426/626: Women in American History
HIST 422/622: The American Civil War and Reconstruction
HIST 423/623: The Gilded Age and Progressive Era
WGS 489: Internship
HIST 730: Gender and Reform


Baggett, Ashley and Carol A. Bentley. "Alleged Crusades' and 'Self-Fooled Reformers': The Rise and Fall of White Slavery Hysteria in the 1910s," Historical Sex Work: New Contributions from History and Archaeology. Gainsville: University Press of Florida, 2020. 

Baggett, Ashley. "Domestic Violence." The World of Antebellum America: A Daily Life Encyclopedia, Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press/ABC-CLIO, 2018.

Baggett, Ashley. Intimate Partner Violence: Gender, Race, and Reform, 1840 to 1900. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2017.

Baggett, Ashley. "The Mississippi State Sanatorium: Pioneering Tuberculosis Treatment during the 1920 and 1930s," Journal of Mississippi History, Volume 74, Number 3 (Fall 2012).

Work in Progress:

Baggett, Ashley. "Intimate Partner Violence in Modern Texas" in "Steeped in a Culture of Violence": Violence in Modern Texas, 1965-2018, eds. Brandon T. Jett and Kenneth W. Howell. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press (under contract).

Baggett, Ashley and Christi R. McGeorge. North Dakota Women on the Move: North Dakota and the 1977 National Women's Conference. Fargo, ND: North Dakota State University Press (forthcoming).


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