History Department
History Department

Ashley Garcia

M.A., New School for Social Research



Communitarianism, 19th C Political History, Intellectual History


Ashley Garcia is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research includes 19th century political history, American communitarianism, and American political thought. Her dissertation, “An American Socialism: The Associationist Movement and Nineteenth Century Political Culture,” explores America’s most popular utopian socialist program: the Associationist movement of the mid-19th-century. The Associationist movement galvanized a tradition of American communitarian-socialism that has been largely forgotten today. Her dissertation argues that the movement attracted so many Americans because it offered a social, cultural, and intellectual alternative to individualistic capitalism in the first half of the 19th century. Ashley has also completed a Portfolio in Museum Studies as her secondary PhD field.

For the 2021-2022 school year, Ashley is the Graduate Research Assistant for the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also a Media & Engagement Coordinator Intern at Texas Folklife, an Austin non-profit dedicated to preserving and presenting the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State. She has also worked as an archival intern and research fellow for the William Wayne Justice Center and Texas State Historical Association. And as a researcher for a historical documentary on the women’s suffrage movement in Texas called Citizens At Last: Texas Women and the Fight for Justice.


HIS S315L • The United States Snc 1865-Wb

81795 • Summer 2021
Internet; Asynchronous

The goal of this class is to introduce students to the complexities of understanding the past and to historical thinking and writing, by studying the people, events, and ideas that shaped the United States from 1865-2004. The chronology of the course is divided into two major eras: Reconstruction through World War II (1865-1945) and the Origins of the Cold World to the Conservative Resurgence (1945-2004). It is organized around 4 central themes: the economic growth of the US; the struggle for civil rights of African Americans, Latinx Americans, Native Americans, women, and others; the shift from liberalism to far right conservatism in mainstream American politics; and the emergence of the US as a superpower.

Students can expect to write essay questions and create group projects related to these themes in both units of the course, as well as to delve into rich primary source material related to them. Required readings include primary sources posted to the class Canvas page and Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty!, Brief 6th edition, vol. 2.