Ashley Spalding

Ashley Spalding

Ashley Spalding is the research director at the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy ( She joined the staff in October 2011. Ashley has conducted research on social and economic policies affecting low-income families for more than 15 years. Her doctoral and postdoctoral research projects at the University of South Florida focused on low-income housing and education, respectively. Ashley holds a PhD in applied anthropology from the University of South Florida, an MA in anthropology from the University of South Carolina and a BA in English from Samford University. She was named one of the 2019 Notable Women in Kentucky Politics and Government by The Kentucky Gazette. Ashley is a Kentucky native.


House Bill 3 would lock up more kids, even though research shows detention’s harms

By: - February 20, 2023

All children deserve a chance to succeed, even those who’ve made mistakes. But when we emphasize detention over the supports that we know make a difference for kids, their ability to thrive is severely hampered and public safety in the commonwealth suffers.  That’s why lawmakers should fix harmful provisions in House Bill 3 before this […]