Ph.D. Student
Ethnic Studies

Office Location: Ketchum

Pronouns: She/They - Ella/Elles



M.S., University of Massachusetts Boston - Critical Ethnic and Communities Studies, 2020
B.A., University of Massachusetts Boston - Women’s, Gender and Sexualities Studies, 2018
A.A., Massachusetts Bay Community College - Liberal Arts, 2015                       

Research Interests

Research as praxis, Black transnational feminisms, decolonial feminisms, feminist geographies, critical ethnography, anti-racist/anti-violence community organizing, and the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, space, and violence.

Originally from Santurce, Puerto Rico, Ashley Torres’s research interests revolve around transdisciplinary and praxis-based approaches. They have been involved in projects working with Black Latin American and Caribbean community organizers.  Including Black and Indigenous women, leading grassroots projects in Buenaventura, Colombia. Asociación de Mujeres Campesinas Negras e Indígenas de Buenaventura (Amucib), focused on anti-violence coalition building, land rights, and food sovereignty; and with Red Mariposas de Alas Nuevas Construyendo Futuro, which focuses on preventing gender-based violence, and intergenerational acompañamiento. Torres’s M.S work – completed at the University of Massachusetts Boston – is a participatory ethnographic research project with women of color and gay community leaders who reside in public housing residentials in metropolitan Puerto Rico. Torres’s collaborative project focused on problem-solving during times of crisis, forms of resistance, and possible futures.

Torres has also worked in partnership with #DominicansLoveHaitian for three years on co-creating/facilitating a series of art-based workshops using digital storytelling/photovoice, dollmaking-crafts, mural painting, and music. Muñecas Negras/Black Dolls workshop seeks to use artivism to dismantle anti-Black racism and gender-based violence in the Caribbean. They have also helped in co-creating a community needs assessment in Vieques, Puerto Rico post-hurricane Maria, to understand the needs of a majority elderly population in collaboration with Incubadora Microempresas de Bieke, Inc. and UMass Boston students.  

Torres plans to continue community-centered research, highlighting, and supporting community actions for transformational change. 

For more information and to donate to these organizations:
AMUCIB -  Facebook page and PayPal donation page.
Red Mariposas de Alas - Facebook Page and donation page. 
#DominicanLoveHaitians - Culture pusher and donation page
Incubadora Microempresas de Bieke, Inc - Facebook Page and donation page.  


Photo 1. Muñecas Negras Mural Art by Youth and co-Facilitator Vanezza Cruz (Mixed Media Artist). Summer 2019 #DominicanLoveHaitians


Photo 2.Muñecas Negras done by youth. Summer 2019 #DominicanLoveHaitians