Katherine Gaudet

Katherine Gaudet

Associate Director
Phone: (603) 862-4730
Office: Honors Program, Conant Hall Rm 115, Durham, NH 03824
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Kate joined the Honors Program in 2011. She oversees the program curriculum and works with faculty to develop  and improve courses and programs, as well as advising students and working on long-term program strategy. An affiliate faculty member of the Humanities Department, she teaches Honors courses including "Plague: Literary Histories of Epidemics" and "Hooked: Narratives of Addiction, Recovery, and Redemption." 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 recently published book: What Is a Criminal? Answers from Inside the US Justice System. 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, and held a Mellon Fellowship in Early American Literature and Material Texts at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies in Philadelphia and continues to be interested in the history of readership. She has published writing in a variety of genres, including in Early American Studies, Early American Literature, Common-Place, Literary Hub, The Rambling, and Maine Home and Design, and is the coauthor of a cookbook.

Courses Taught

  • HUMA 440A: Honors/Hooked:Addiction&Redemp
  • HUMA 444D: Hon/Plague/Literary Epidemic
  • HUMA 444E: Honors/What is a Criminal?


  • Ph.D., English Language&Literature, University of Chicago
  • B.A., English, University of Chicago

Selected Publications

  • Cancer, L., & Gaudet, K. S. (2022). Not an Easy Job. In What Is a Criminal? (pp. 53-57). Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781003169468-8

  • Muhammad, J., & Gaudet, K. S. (2022). Life Support. In What Is a Criminal? (pp. 28-37). Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781003169468-5

  • Gaudet, K. S. (n.d.). What Is a Criminal?. Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781003169468

  • Gaudet, K. S. (2022). Introduction. In What Is a Criminal? (pp. 1-6). Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781003169468-1

  • Gaudet, K. (2018). Reader. Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 16(4), 756-763.

  • Gaudet, K. (2012). Liberty and Death Fictions of Suicide in the New Republic. EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE, 47(3), 591-622. doi:10.1353/eal.2012.0056

  • Most Cited Publications