Catherine Peebles

Dr. Catherine Peebles

Catherine Peebles was appointed director of the Honors Program in July, 2018. Before coming to Honors, Peebles taught in the department of Classics, Humanities, and Italian Studies, and served as the Coordinator of the Humanities Program and Director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program. She invites all Honors students and anyone else interested in the University Honors Program to come and see her in Conant Hall. She works to encourage all UNH students to follow the advice of Immanuel Kant: Dare to know!

What are you reading? What are you preparing to accomplish? How will you help?



Kate GaudetAssociate Director
Dr. Katherine Gaudet

Kate joined the Honors Program in 2011. She oversees the Honors Symposia, program communications, and special projects, as well as advising students. She is an affiliate faculty member of the Humanities Department. In 2014 she was awarded a course development grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which led to the creation of her course "What Is a Criminal"? , the 2019-2020 Sidore Lecture Series on the same topic, and a forthcoming edited collection. She also teaches "Plague: Literary Histories of Epidemics" and "Hooked: Narratives of Addiction, Recovery, and Redemption." Before coming to UNH she completed a PhD in English Literature at the University of Chicago, focusing on the ways in which models of risk shaped ideas about novel-reading in the eighteenth century. She held a Mellon Fellowship in Early American Literature and Material Texts at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies in Philadelphia and continues to research the history of readership. She has published writing in a variety of genres, including in Early American Studies, Early American Literature, Common-Place, Literary HubThe Rambling, and Maine Home and Design, and is the coauthor of a cookbook.


Kristen Butterfield-Ferrell

Program Coordinator
Kristen Butterfield

Kristen joined the Honors Program staff in 2017. Her role includes advising Honors students, creating Honors proramming, and managing the program office. She was a member of the Honors Program while a student at UNH, and was active in the founding years of the Peer Mentor program. After graduating from UNH she earned a degree in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University, and returned to work in the UNH Admissions office in 2013. She is committed to social justice on campus and beyond, contributing to the MLK Leadership Summit and the Waysmeet Center, where she is a member of the board.



Rebecca LeittHamel Scholars Program Coordinator
Amanda Leger 

Amanda joined the Honors Program and Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research in 2018. She oversees the Hamel Scholars Program as well as the Undergraduate Research Conference. While Amanda was a student at UNH, she was a Resident Assistant and Teacher's Assistant, and is thrilled to be returning in a new capacity. Amanda holds a Master of Arts in School Counseling from Assumption College, and has had prior professional experience in Residential Life and Academic Advising. 




Community Coordinator
Emily Schoonmaker

Emily joined the Honors Program in the fall of 2019. As the Community Coordinator, Emily oversees student groups and helps to plan social and professional development events for all Honors students. Emily is a graduate of Dartmouth College and of the University of Oregon School of Law. She volunteers with New Hampshire CASA and sits on the board of the Greengard Center for Autism in Portsmouth, NH.





Honors Program Office

Location: Conant Hall 115
Office hours: 8 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Monday – Friday
Telephone: (603) 862-3928

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