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. 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"? and the 2019-2020 Sidore Lecture Series on the same topic. She is currently editing a book of essays (also called "What Is a Criminal?") by people with diverse knowledge of the U.S. justice system, and working on a handbook of drugs and literature. 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 Hub, The Rambling, and Maine Home and Design, and is the coauthor of a cookbook.