Ash Watson is an Australian writer and cultural sociologist. She is author of the novel Into the Sea (2020), co-author of the research monograph The Face Mask in COVID Times (2021), fiction editor of The Sociological Review and creator of the public sociology/arts project So Fi Zine. Her research is published in the American Journal of Cultural Sociology, Qualitative Research and Media, Culture and Society. Her creative writing appears in Overland, SCUM Mag, Baby Teeth Journal and Bareknuckle Poet.

Ash works at the Vitalities Lab, UNSW Sydney, as a Postdoctoral Fellow on an ARC Discovery Project. Prior to this she taught at the University of Sydney and was a doctoral Endeavour Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her PhD was awarded in late 2018. Currently she is researching: people’s “smart” home devices; the digital storymaps of queer communities; and why people read zines. She also writes, edits and publishes sociological fiction.

A full list of her writing and talks is available here.

Email: ashleigh.watson @
Twitter: @awtsn
Substack: sociological fiction