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Ashley Veronica Reichelmann

Ashley Veronica Reichelmann, Associate Professor

Ashley Reichelmann, Associate Professor | Virginia Tech
Ashley Veronica Reichelmann, Associate Professor

Department of Sociology
676 McBryde Hall 
225 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-5651 |

Dr. Ashley Reichelmann is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology. She is an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention and the Race and Social Policy Research Center.

Her 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. With specializations 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 sociopolitical attitudes, and how racial identity and emotion affect the interpretation of representation of historical violence.

  • Memorialization
  • Racial Threat
  • Social Psychology (Modern Identity and Intergroup Relations)
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Conflict and Violence (Collective Violence and Hate Crimes)
  • White Racial Identity
  • Ph.D., Northeastern University
  • MSc, University of Bristol
  • B.A., The College of New Jersey
  • Chair of Membership Committee, Section on Social Psychology, ASA (2019-2020)
  • Chair of Mentorship Committee, Peace, War and Social Conflict Section, ASA (2019-2020)
  • Member, American Sociological Association
  • Member, American Society of Criminology
  • Member, Society for Women Sociologists
  • Member, Southern Criminal Justice Association
  • Member, Southern Sociological Society
  • 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)

Journal Articles

Reichelmann, Ashley V., James E. Hawdon, and John Ryan. Forthcoming. “Threatened Halos of Perception: Residents’ Accuracy of Crime Changes in a Developing Tourist Area.”  Journal of Tourism and Hospitality. 

Reichelmann, Ashley V. 2020. “Collective Threat: Conceptualizing Blumer’s Threat as a Collective Emotion.” Sociological Inquiry.

Reichelmann, Ashley V. Reichelmann, James Hawdon, Matt Costello, John Ryan, Catherine Blaya, Vincente Llorent, Atte Oksanen, Pekka Räsänen, and Izabela Zych. 2020 (online). “Hate Knows no Boundaries: Content and Exposure to Online Hate in Six Nations.” Deviant Behavior.

Roos, J. Micah, Michael Hughes, and Ashley V. Reichelmann. 2019. “A Puzzle of Racial Attitudes: A Measurement Analysis of Racial Attitudes and Policy Indicators.”  Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World 5:1-14.

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.

Book Chapters

Hunt, Matthew O., and Ashley V. Reichelmann. 2019. “Racial Identity and Racial Attitudes among White Americans.” Pp. 217-238 in Identities in Everyday Life, edited by J. Stets and R. Serpe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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.

Edited Volumes

Baldwin, Andrea N., Ashley V. Reichelmann, and Anthony Kwame Harrison, eds. 2019. Standpoints: Black Feminist Knowledges. Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Tech Publishing. 


  • RAPID: Effects of COVID-19 on Community Solidarity,” #2032452, National Science Foundation ($67,146 with James Hawdon)
  • 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.

April 2020: Antisemitism: A History Spring 2020 Lecture Series, “Hate Speech, Groups, and Crimes: Modern Antisemitism and its Many Forms,” Brown University, Providence, RI (on Zoom)

Mar. 2019: Women’s History Month, “White Fright: Collective Threat as a Racialized Feeling in White Americans,” The College of New Jersey, Lawrenceville, NJ

April 2017: From Ideology to Mobilization, 2016-2017 Yale Genocide Studies Seminar Series "Group Threat and Racial Violence: Exploring Modern-Day Hate Crimes," Genocide Studies Program at Yale University, New Haven, CT

  • CRIM 3434: Systems of Justice
  • PSVP/SOC 2044: Peace and Violence
  • PSVP 4104: Global Society, Violence and Prospects for Peace
  • SOC 3204: Social Research Methods

I am currently interested in working with new graduate students. 

Dissertation Committees

  • Chair:  Whitney Hayes (2020-Present); Courtney Ross (2020-Present)
  • Member: Steve McGlamery (2019-Present); Lisa Yost (2019-2020)


Theses Committees

  • Chair: Sara Aftab (2020-Present); Rachel Kidd (2019-Present); Christian Walkup (2020-Present)
  • Member: Jonathan Lloyd (2017-2019); Whitney Hayes (2018-2019); Maria Scaptura (2018-2019)