Kate is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine. Her previous degrees include a master’s degree in History, a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, a bachelor’s degree in Literature, and an Undergraduate Certificate in Business and Technical Writing. She has obtained many highly competitive long-term national and international grants and fellowships, including a National Science Foundation (NSF) Dissertation Improvement Grant, a Science History Institute (formerly Chemical Heritage Foundation) Nine-Month Dissertation Fellowship, and a Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin (MPIWG) Visiting Fellowship. In addition, she has experience preparing grants for physicians and health professionals in the fields of gynecology, immunology, public health, and radiology. At the IU GradGrants Center, Kate is happy to work with students pursuing both STEM and humanities grants.
Kate’s primary research focuses on women’s contributions to the history of pathology, the field of endocrinology, scientific and medical practice, and the development of oral contraceptives in Europe and the United States. Her secondary project combines history, sociology, and environmental studies to explore the impact abandoned insane asylums have on the physical environment around them, current conceptions of mental illness, and history and memory. Kate enjoys teaching and has taught her own classes on topics including the history of witchcraft, historic asylums, and the history of science. She also served as a teaching assistant for Genetics and Eugenics and Human Biology: The Intricate Human (Evolution).