Ashley E. Sheriff, MA, MLIS

I obtained my Masters in Library and Information Science & Masters in African Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2013. By coupling my curriculum with a Museum Studies minor and a graduate certificate in special collections, I pursued an ardent interest in African identities, as represented in (or excluded from) library and museum collections and exhibits. Throughout my academic career, I've been drawn to the power of print and visual media to construct, devalue, invigorate or altogether refashion identities and heritage(s).


Sheriff, Ashley. "Symbolic Restitution: Post-Apartheid Changes to the South African Heritage Sector, 1994-2012," Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography 16 (2014).

Sheriff, Ashley. Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, s.v. “Tanzania’s History and Heritage.”New York: Springer Publications, 2014.

Blog entries:

Refugee Support Network- description of my recent accomplishments at East African Community Services (EACS).

Articles for the International and Area Studies Library Glocal Notes @ the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Research presentations:

Sheriff, Ashley. "Reproducing Criminology in Detective Fiction: Sherlock Holmes as a Medium for Biological Determinism." Presentation at the University of Iowa, Summer Research Opportunities Program, Iowa City, IA, 2009.

Selected articles from UIUC Center for African Studies' Habari Newsletter (2013-2014):

Reflections on my travel abroad to Kenya.

Interview with artist Moshekwa Langa.


Washingston State Professional Librarian's Certificate - issued November 2014

  • Education
    • Library and Information Science
    • African Studies