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Suzanne  Ashworth Ph.D - Otterbein University. Columbus, OH, US

Suzanne Ashworth Ph.D Suzanne  Ashworth Ph.D

Professor | Otterbein University


Suzanne Ashworth is an expert in Early American Literatures, GLBTQ Literatures, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Film Studies



Suzanne Ashworth is a professor in the Department of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. She has taught early American literature, women's literature, GLBTQ literatures, gender & sexuality studies, film studies, and the emotional, political, and interpersonal implications of social media.

Her research interests include the history of reading, pop culture and media studies. Her published work examines the interplay among literature; histories of the body, desire, sexuality, and gender; and critical theory. Her latest project is a book-length study of Poe’s short fiction.

Areas of Expertise (16)

Interpersonal Relationships and Social Media

Bullying & Social Media

Edgar Allan Poe

LGBTQ Equality

Social Media & Social Change

Pop Culture

Film Studies

GLBTQ Literatures

Early American Literature

Gender & Sexuality Studies

Women's Literature

Media Studies

LGBTQ Rights

Teens on Screen

Social Media and Politics

Implications of Social Media

Education (3)

Miami University: B.A. 1992

Pennsylvania State University: M.A. 1994

Pennsylvania State University: Ph.D 2000

Languages (1)

  • English

Selected Media Appearances (4)

‘We Survived and Thrived’: LGBTQ Students Reflect During Lavender Graduation

NBC News  online


Otterbein University's Lavender Graduation is a ceremony for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, along with their families and allies. It is an affirmation of these students’ achievements, but also their struggles. And, just as importantly, it’s a reminder to the college not to overlook their unique needs.

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What are America's First Coed Colleges Doing Today?

College Choice  online

The United State’s first colleges to admit women all did so under very different circumstances and at different times. But what unites them now is their embracing of programs that support a diverse student body, including navigating modern issues such as gender and identity.

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Will White House's gender-neutral restroom start a national trend?

Christian Science Monitor  online


"A growing number of college campuses and businesses have established gender-inclusive facilities," adds Suzanne Ashworth, an associate professor of English at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, who teaches Gender & Sexuality studies and who fought for gender neutral restrooms at Otterbein.

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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ breaks Broadway mold, with universal message told in modern terms

The Columbus Dispatch  print


Setting the story within today’s fraught social-media environment evokes larger issues, said Suzanne Ashworth, an Otterbein University English professor who in several of her classes explores how social media affects identity and personal development.

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Selected Event Appearances (1)

Queer Grief, American Culture & Poe

Library Lecture Series  Westerville Public Library