Ashley Valanzola is a Ph.D. student in history studying modern Europe. Her advisor is Professor Katrin Schultheiss. Before coming to GWU, Ashley spent six years in the Navy. She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2010 with a B.S. in History and obtained an M.A. in Diplomacy from Norwich University in 2012. Her dissertation focuses on Jewish women in France who record and preserve the history of the Holocaust.