Ashleigh Cassemere-Stanfield

Cohort Year: 2017
Research Interests: Re-imaginings of the relationship between text, body and world in light of new materialisms; Algorithmic inquiry and the performative remediation of texts; and Formations of selfhood in and through technologies of surveillance and destruction


Before coming to the University of Chicago, Ashleigh received her B.A. in English and Studio Art from Hunter College, CUNY. She then received her M.A. in Liberal Studies from the Graduate Center of CUNY. For her master’s thesis she built an interactive digital remediation called Sonifying Hamlet that used data-mining techniques and algorithmic composition to read Shakespeare's Hamlet through sound. Then as now, in her free time she writes poetry and takes photographs.


Sonifying Hamlet (live and in beta form at


Fellowships & Research Assistantships: Fellow, Transmedia Story Lab, at The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3) Research Assistant, Critical Editions for Digital Analysis and Research Project (CEDAR) at the Oriental Institute