Ashley L. Elrod is an Instructor of History at Duke University, where she earned a doctoral degree in History in 2017. Her teaching and research interests focus on the early modern and modern history of disability, law, and adult guardianship in Europe and the United States. From 2016 to 2017, she served as the faculty adviser of the Duke Disability Alliance, a dynamic student-led group that promotes disability rights, access, and inclusion on Duke’s campus and in the broader community. She serves as a board member of the Alliance of Disability Advocates, a Center for Independent Living that serves Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding area. She also serves on the North Carolina Statewide Independent Living Council.