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Ashley E. Cureton

Assistant Professor of Social Work

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. She also serves as a faculty affiliate in the Center for Equitable Family & Community Well-Being. Prior to her current role, Cureton was a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow and lecturer in the School of Education and the Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. 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, Morocco, 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. 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.

Education

Year Degree   School
2019 PhD Global Social Work University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2010 MSW Internatl Social Work & Community Schools University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2008 BA Anthropology DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Year Description
2021 Cureton, A. (2021, January). Strangers in the School: Facilitators and Barriers Regarding Refugee Parental Involvement. Oral virtual presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Meeting, Virtual Conference.
2020 Cureton, A. (2020, January). Beyond the School Day: Exploring Refugee Youths’ Perceptions and Participation in Out-of-School Activities. Oral presentation at the IAFOR International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.
2020 Cureton, A. (2020, January). I Want to Feel Safe at My School. I Want to Feel like I Belong: Muslim Refugee Students' Levels of Engagement in Schools. Oral presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
2020 Cureton, A. (2020, March). Beyond the School Day: Exploring Refugee Youths’ Perceptions and Participation in Out-of-School Activities. Oral virtual presentation at the Comparative & International Education Society (CIES) 2020 Virtual Conference, Miami, FL.
2019 Cureton, A. (2019, January). Patterns of Student Engagement among Muslim Refugee Youth and their Families: The Role of Schools in a Trump Era. Oral presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
2019 Cureton, A. (2019, July). How can I get involved – does it even matter?: Facilitators and Barriers around Refugee Parent Involvement in Schools. Oral presentation at the International Consortium for Social Development’s 21st Biennial International Conference, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
2017 Cureton, A. (2017, April). Extracurricular Programs and At-Risk Youth: Different Benefits for Different Groups. Panel presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
2016 Cureton, A. (2016, January). Understanding Elementary School Truancy. Poster presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

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