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Culkin, Katherine

Kate Culkin

Katherine (Kate) Culkin, a Professor of History, joined the BCC faculty in 2007. She earned a B.A. in English from Middlebury College and a Ph.D. in history from New York University. She is the author of Harriet Hosmer: A Cultural Biography (UMass Press, 2010) and an associate editor of the Harriet Jacobs Family Papers (UNC Press, 2008). She has also published on eportfolio pedagogy, the history of the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, and 19th-century science fiction by women. Her joint biography of Ellen Tucker Emerson and Edith Emerson Forbes, which has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Houghton Library, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the CUNY Chancellors Grant, the Robert and Ina Caro Travel Fellowship, and PSC-CUNY Research Fund, is under advanced contract with the University of Massachusetts Press. She primarily teaches American history and the history of women in the United States. ​Fellowship Leave (Sabbatical) Spring 2023 & Fall 2024
Ph.D., History, New York University, 2002
Certificate, Historical Editing and Archival Management, New York University, 1998
B.A., English, Middlebury College, 1991

Recent Courses Taught:
HIS 20 American Nation: The Political & Social Development of a People
HIS 29 History of Women in the United States
FYS First Year Seminar

Research Interests:
American women's history, nineteenth-century cultural history, African-American history

Honors, Awards, and Affiliations:
  • Professor, M.A. Program in Biography and Memoir, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Robert and Ina Caro Travel Fellowship, Biography International, 2023
  • Visiting Scholar, Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, Wolfson College, Oxford University, 2023
  • Andrew W. Melon Transformative Learning in the Humanities Faculty Fellow
  • Teaching Innovation Grant, Bronx Community College, 2017
  • Chancellor’s Research Fellowship, City University of New York, 2016
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson Fellowship, Houghton Library, Harvard University, 2015
  • Ruth R & Alyson R. Millery Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014
  • Professional Staff Congress-City University of New York Research Award, 2011
  • Mary Kelley Award, New England American Studies Association, 2004

Select Publications:
  • “The Education of Ellen Tucker Emerson.” New England Quarterly 93, no. 1 (2020): 74-100
  • “Prophetic Dramas: The Time Travel Narratives of Harriet Hosmer and Frances Power Cobbe.” In Neglected American Women Writers of the Long Nineteenth Century, edited by Verena Laschinger and Sirpa Salenius, 158-172. New York: Routledge, 2019
  • “Aunt Susan’s Place: A Suffrage Foremother is Honored in a Now Faded Architectural Gem in the Bronx.” New York Archives (Spring 2018): 8-13
  • “Advocacy and Memory at the Hall of Fame for Great Americans.” Gotham: A Blog for Scholars of New York City History, The Gotham Center for New York City. March 27, 2018​
  • "Close Reading: Engaging and Empowering History Students through Document Analysis,” with Jordi Getman-Eraso. International Journal of ePortfolio, 7, no. 2 (April 2017)
  • “A Bridge, Not a Wall: Uses of the Hall of Fame for Great Americans at Bronx Community College.” In Remaking the American College Campus: Essays, edited by Jonathan Silverman and Meghan Sweeney, 57-78. Jefferson, NC: MacFarland & Co, 2016
  • “‘Doing Historian Business:’ Great Men and Local History at Bronx Community College.” Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy, 27 (2016): 246-255
  • Harriet Hosmer: A Cultural History. Amherst: University of Chicago Press, 2010
  • Associate Editor. The Harriet Jacobs Family Papers. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008

Twitter: @kculkin
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