As digital engagement manager, Ashley Bowen connects the collections-based and outreach areas; develops methods for designing, evaluating, and analyzing digital initiatives; and builds on those results to create work plans and workflows that allow for more efficient coordination and communication across the programmatic areas of the institution.
Before joining the Science History Institute, Bowen worked as a guest curator for the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division. While at the NLM, she curated Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America, Rise, Serve, Lead! America’s Women Physicians, and Rashes to Research: Scientists and Parents Respond to the 1964 Rubella Epidemic. She also has experience as a freelance public program creator for Atlas Obscura and has provided consulting services to individuals and organizations in need of expertise on project management, knowledge management, evaluation, planning, and archival research.
Bowen has presented her research at a variety of academic conferences, including the annual meetings of the American Historical Association, American Studies Association, and the Organization of American Historians. She also participates in outreach to the public through such events as Science on Tap, Nerd Nite, Obscura Society DC, and more. In addition to being published in academic journals, her writing has appeared on Atlas Obscura, Book Riot, the National Library of Medicine’s Circulating Now blog, and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine’s blog.
Bowen received her PhD in American studies and public humanities from Brown University in December 2016. Her research focused on 19th-century public health and medicine, the material culture of medicine, and representations of patient experience.