Costa Rica, Japan and D Hall: Ashleigh Williams’s Journey to Marshall

Ashleigh Williams took a flight across the world and landed as a history teacher in D hall. She couldn’t be happier about it. 

After three years in Japan, Williams joins Marshall while balancing a number of personal goals as vast as the journey that got her here.

“How do I feel? I feel fantastic,” she said. “I love it here. I love my department. My students are awesome. I have no complaints.”

Williams said she is glad to be in person this year and optimistic in-person instruction will help build a community within her class’s walls.

“Hopefully [students] know I want them to have fun,” Williams said. “To be able to make mistakes in my classroom.”

Williams also hopes to attain a history doctorate with a focus on modern European military history and gender. 

“I focus on the social aspect of war,” she said. “How it affected gender roles and women.” 

Before her doctorate, Williams said she will attempt to master German, French, and Spanish. She’s already working on the latter and said she’s making good progress.

“I’ve loved Spanish forever,” Williams said. “I minored in Spanish in college. I lived in Costa Rica for a while.”                         

While not teaching or studying, Williams enjoys spending time with family, reading, and doing anything basketball-related.