Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of South Carolina.
Ashley Harrell's research centers largely on structural and social-psychological solutions to problems of cooperation, collective action, and social order. One key area of her research looks at the dynamics of leadership, power, and influence in groups, with a focus on the social-psychological forces that both 1) promote “good leadership” and 2) allow groups and organizations to successfully meet their goals. She has also studied the mechanisms by which interpersonal moral judgments, religion, and social networks produce cooperation, generosity, and solidarity in groups.
Ashley Harrell, David Melamed, and Brent Simpson. Forthcoming. "The Strength of Dynamic Ties: The Ability to Alter Some Ties Promotes Cooperation in Those That Cannot Be Altered." Science Advances.
Ashley Harrell. 2018. "Competition for Leadership Promotes Contributions to Collective Action." Social Forces.
David Melamed, Ashley Harrell, and Brent Simpson. 2018. “Cooperation, Clustering, and Assortative Mixing in Dynamic. Networks.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115: 951-956.
Brent Simpson, Ashley Harrell, David Melamed, Nick Heiserman, and Daniela Negraia. 2018. “The Roots of Reciprocity: Gratitude and Reputation in Generalized Exchange Systems.” American Sociological Review 83: 88-110.
Ashley Harrell and Brent Simpson. 2016. "The Dynamics of Prosocial Leadership: Power and Influence in Collective Action Groups." Social Forces 94:1283-1308.