Ashlyn Markosky

Office Hours, Spring 2019: Mon 9-11 am          Ashlyn Markosky
Office: 2d (Basement Level), Wood Hall

Advisor: Manisha Sinha


Education and Degrees:

B.A., History, Minors (Teaching & Learning, and Psychology), Elon University, 2018

Areas of Interest:
Nineteenth Century U.S., race relations, law, education

Current Research:
Manumissions – the self agency of slaves in achieving or negotiating their freedom prior to the Thirteenth Amendment in early nineteenth century Maryland.


Originally from Norwalk, CT, I grew up on my family’s horse farm where I often taught horseback riding and summer camp as a teen. At Elon, my interest in teaching translated to a major in Education with a specific focus on history. During all four years of college, I served as a middle school Teaching Assistant and worked in an after-school tutoring program for children who spoke English as a second language. Through these experiences, I realized that many of the teachers did not have an in-depth knowledge of history, and that history often was the most neglected subject in the public schools (in favor of promoting “testable” subjects). Furthermore, I noticed that many of the students did not appreciate history as they did not find the content relevant nor applicable to their lives.

As someone who is passionate about history, I am looking forward to continuing my historical education with UConn’s M.A. program so that I can better teach my students in the future. Outside of the classroom, one of my personal goals is to write a historical children’s book!