Ashley Veronica Reichelmann


Ashley Veronica Reichelmann

Assistant Professor


676 McBryde Hall 
225 Stanger Street 
Blacksburg, VA 24061


(540) 231-5651


Department Membership



  • Conflict and violence
  • Race and ethnic relations
  • Social psychology
  • Collective threat
  • Research methods and statistics

Professional Activities

  • American Sociological Association
  • Society for Women Sociologists
  • Southern Sociological Society


  • Ph.D. Northeastern University
  • M.Sc. University of Bristol
  • B.A. The College of New Jersey

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Social Psychology Section Graduate Student Investigator Award, American Sociological Association (2016)

    Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Teaching, Northeastern University (2016)

    Provost’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Northeastern University (2017)

    Selected Publications


    Pilny, Andrew, Marshall S. Poole, Ashley V. Reichelmann, and Brian Klein. 2017. "A structurational group decision-making perspective on the commons dilemma: results from an online public goods game.”  Journal of Applied Communication Research 45(4):413-428.

    Radford, Jason, Andrew Pilny, Ashley Reichelmann, Brian Keegan, Brooke Foucault Welles, Jefferson Hoye, Katya Ognyanova, Waleed Meleis, and David Lazer. 2016. "Volunteer Science: Online Laboratory for Experiments in Social Psychology." Social Psychology Quarterly 79(4): 376-396.

    Levin, Jack, and Ashley Reichelmann. 2015. "From thrill to defensive motivation: The role of group threat in the changing nature of hate-motivated assaults." American Behavioral Scientist 59(12):1546-1561.

    Liem, Marieke, and Ashley Reichelmann. 2013. "Patterns of Multiple Family Homicide." Homicide Studies: An Interdisciplinary and International Journal 18:44-58

    Book Chapters

    Reichelmann, Ashley V. 2018. “When You Are a Racist, Theoretically Speaking: Empirically Demonstrating Blumer's Group Position Theory.” Pp. 31-56 in Sociological Theory, Methods, and Perspectives, edited by J. H. Michalski. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers. 

    Levin, Jack, and Ashley Reichelmann. 2016. "News aus Newtown? – Berichterstattung US-amerikanischer Massenmedien nach schweren Gewalttaten (The Newtown Massacre: How American Journalists Responded)." Pp. 95-105 in Die mediale Inszenierung von Amok und Terrorismus: Zur medienpsychologischen Wirkung des Journalismus bei exzessiver Gewalt, edited by F.J. Robertz and Robert Kahr. Weisbaden, Germany: Springer Fachmedien. 

    English translation: Levin, Jack, and Ashley Reichelmann. 2017. “The Copycat Phenomenon in the Aftermath of the Newtown School Shooting.” AJCS. March 2017.

    Reichelmann, Ashley. 2008. "The Layers Within Her: An Ethnographic Study of the Development of a Holocaust Survivor's Voice." TCNJ Journal of Student Scholarship XI:1-14.

    Sponsored Research

    National Science Foundation, RAPID Grant, Memorialization and Community, $49,909, 2018. 

    College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Humanities Summer 2018 Stipend, $4,000, 2018. 

    College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Incentive Grant, $4,500, 2017. 

    Fahs-Beck Scholar, Doctoral Dissertation Grant Program, Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation at The New York Community Trust, $4,400, 2016.

    Graduate Student Researcher Award, Brudnick Center on Conflict and Violence, Boston, MA, $2,000, 2016. 

    Additional Information

    Ashley’s research focuses on collective memory and past violence as a cause and consequence of contemporary violence and prejudice, specifically focusing on the concept of threat. Ranging from hate crimes and school shootings to prejudice and identity theory, her work sits at the crossroads of social psychology, race studies, and criminology, attempting to better understand how past violence impacts modern identity and intergroup relations. Current projects include: the impact of memorialization on local communities, the relationship between White racial identity and socio-political attitudes, and how racial identity and emotion affect interpretation of representation of historical violence.