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Ph.D., Indiana University, 2015
M.A., Indiana University, 2010
B.A., University of Wisconsin, 2006
Katherine Anderson is currently at work on a book manuscript entitled Twisted Words: Torture and Liberalism in Imperial Britain, 1850-1915. The project argues for the the centrality of torture to Victorian history and culture, and consequently, the importance of Victorian history and culture to a global and historical understanding of torture. Tracing acts and rhetorics of torture in India, Jamaica, South Africa, the Pacific Islands, and Britain itself, Anderson situates state-sanctioned exceptional violence in relation to nineteenth-century liberalism and changing narratives of citizenship and human rights. Twisted Words thus helps us better understand the global implications of contemporary state violence by establishing a longer historical genealogy of torture and terrorism sanctioned explicitly by liberal Western governments.
Anderson's research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century British literature and culture; empire, postcolonial, and global studies; gender and sexuality studies; law and ethics; critical terrorism studies; political theory and philosophy; human rights; moral philosophy; phenomenology; Anglophone literature. She is a first-generation college graduate and proud member of UC Davis's first-generation faculty initiative.
Publications and Public Humanities:
"Police Terrorism: 1865 and 2017." Interview by Mark Thomas, Carolina Focus from WBT, 27 October 2017, http://www.wbt.com/media/audio-channel/police-terrorism-1865-and-2017.
“Trauma and the Torturer: Of Monsters and Military Men at Morant Bay.” Traumatic Tales: British Nationhood and National Trauma in Nineteenth-Century Literature, edited by Lisa Kasmer, Routledge, 2017, pp. 121-140.