Ashley Simpson holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Comparative Literature with a minor in Hispanic Studies from Oberlin College. At the Hertie School, she completed an EMPA with a focus on refugee rights, migration policy and international human rights law. During and prior to coming to the Hertie School, she wrote about (sub)culture, visual identity and social issues for publications including Vogue U.S., W, Harper’s Bazaar and ELLE, while consulting on voice and identity for brands ranging from sustainable travel platforms to avant-garde fashion houses. She edited fine arts and culture features at New York-based arts publication Document Journal and worked as a Junior Editor at Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine. She is interested in exploring new and compelling forms of storytelling, communications and advocacy strategy and narrative building in the human rights policy setting.
Master's thesis title
Resisting over-criminalisation: How search-and-rescue NGOs adapt to, confirm and subvert anti-smuggling legislation in the EU context
Recent professional experience
- Apr. 2010 - present: Publications including Vogue U.S., W and Harper's Bazaar; Brands including Toyota Scion, IMG, Under Armour and Edition Hotels, USA. Creative Consultant and Writer.
- Nov. 2014 - Oct. 2019: Vogue U.S., USA. Contributing Writer.
- May 2016 - May 2017: Document Journal, USA. Contributing Features Editor.
- Jan. 2013 - Mar. 2014: Club Monaco, USA. Head of E-Commerce Content.
- Sept. 2010 - Sept. 2012: Interview Magazine, USA. Assistant Editor.
- Sept. 2004 - May 2008: Oberlin College, USA. Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature and History, minor in Hispanic Studies.