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Ashton is an accomplished writer and editor—and recovering lawyer—whose work focuses on the intersection of race, culture, and law. Her writing has been published by The Washington Post, Slate magazine, CNN, and others. In 2021, she was named a Maynard 200 fellow. She received a B.A. in English from Harvard College, an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. She is the author of forthcoming debut novel THE FREE CITY (Ballantine Books), a work of historical fiction centered on Black women and abolition in nineteenth century Philadelphia. She lives in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.