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Katie came to Berkeley in 2009 after receiving a B.A. in Literature from Yale University and working as an assistante de langue in Marseille. Her research on early modern French and English literature explores relationships between domestic and poetic labor; agricultural and intellectual cultivation; material and textual practices; and gender and genre. Her dissertation, Domestic Georgic from Rabelais to Milton, reads literary texts alongside gardening manuals and recipe books to argue that some of the early modern authors we most associate with imagination, invention, and excess conceived of their work, in crucial ways, as housework: repetitive, tedious, and more like putting up preserves than creating something new. This early modern understanding of literary and rhetorical production as cyclical rather than progressive, as iterative rather than innovative, has implications for how we value both intellectual and domestic labor today. At Berkeley, Katie has taught courses in History of Art, French, and American Cultures as well as in Comparative Literature, on topics such as domestic spaces, masculinity in America, and irrelevance. She has also been involved with the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison since 2013.