E. Ashley Hairston

Associate Dean for Academic Advising

Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities

Office: Reynolda Hall 125
Phone: (336) 758-3320
Email: hairstea@nullwfu.edu

A native of North Carolina, Ashley Hairston received his Bachelor of Arts in English and Politics as a Reynolds Scholar at Wake Forest University. He received his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia and his Juris Doctor from the UNC School of Law. He returned to Wake Forest in 2019, after serving as Associate Professor of English and of Law and Humanities and founding director of the Center for Law and Humanities at Elon University.

Dr. Hairston’s research areas include American Literature and Classical Literature, especially classical influences on African American and Southern writers, as well as the interdisciplinary study of law and humanities. He was a 2015 Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Residential Fellow. His book, The Ebony Column: Classics, Civilization, and the African American Reclamation of the West, was a Choice Outstanding Academic Title and the inaugural book of the Classicism in American Culture Series of the University of Tennessee Press.

In his free time, Dr. Hairston enjoys traveling with his wife Cherry and two children, as well as sporting clays, cooking, and fencing.


  • Education

    Juris Doctor, University of North Carolina School of Law
    Ph.d. in English Language and Literature, University of Virginia
    Master of Arts in English Language and Literature, University of Virginia
    Bachelor of Arts in English and Politics, Wake Forest University