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Katherine's work is at the intersections of American literature, science and technology studies, speculative fiction and ecocriticism. She is writing a dissertation that shows how the history of climate modeling in the 20th century is a history of speculative worldbuilding that includes planetary SF, computer generated effects in blockbuster movies, and video games. She is the Program in Science and Technology Studies Graduate Fellow from 2017-2018.
Honors and Awards:
- Marshall Scholar, 2011-2013
- AB Duke Memorial Scholar, 2007-2011
- Phi Beta Kappa, 2007
"Genre, utopia, and ecological crisis: world-multiplication in Le Guin’s fantasy." Green Letters 17.3 (2013): 264-280.
“Model, Manual and Meaning: Paratexts in SimEarth and in Climate Science." Society for Literature, Science and Art, Arizona State University, August 2017
“Determinism, Deep Time, and Desert Ecology: Re-reading Dune for the Anthropocene." Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, Detroit MI, June 2017.
“Is Climate Change a Game? SimEarth, Emergent Systems, and our Playable Planet." Science Fiction Research Association, Riverside, CA, June 2017
“History’s Heat Map: 1990’s SF and the Narrative Impossibility of Climate Change." Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, Moscow, ID
Education & Interests:
- University of Cambridge - M.Phil in Criticism and Culture, 2013
- University of Liverpool - M.A. in Science Fiction Studies with Distinction, 2012
- Duke University - B.A. in English with Highest Honors, 2011