Learning helps us understand our present.
Victoria Pasley, PhD
Dr. Victoria Pasley is part of the core faculty in the Entry Point & Social Science department that is part of the Division of General Education at Ashford University. She holds a PhD in Latin American and Caribbean History from the University of Houston, a Master of Arts in History from Rice University, a Master of Arts in Film and Video from American University, and a Bachelor of Arts in History with Special Reference to the Modern Third World from the University of London's School of Oriental & African Studies, where she graduated with honors. Dr. Pasley’s research focuses on the history and culture of Africa through its cinemas to address issues such as the legacies of colonialism, globalization, migration, and social justice. In addition to teaching online, she has been a tenured Associate Professor at Clayton State University and has worked in the Middle East as a faculty member of the Community College of Qatar in Doha, Qatar. Throughout her career, she has taught a variety of upper level courses in African History, Latin American History, History of the Middle East and North Africa, and Caribbean History. She also emphasizes the crucial intersection of race, class, gender and ethnicity in analyzing historical documents. She says, “Learning helps us understand our present. For instance, it is almost impossible to understand the situation in the Middle East right now without learning about European Imperialism in the region after World War I.”
Dr. Pasley has traveled widely throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, South East Asia, and India. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, reading novels, and watching films from the geographical areas she studies. She has a deep interest in documentary filmmaking and photography, and is an avid follower of news in the developing world.