Watters has taught in the Expository Writing Program since 2013. Her work focuses on the intersection of the humanities and the sciences and considers how we can better communicate research and scholarship of all kinds. Her recent courses include “Introduction to the Research Paper: Controversies in Adolescence” and “Family Matters.” Watters is co-founder of Common Question and the recipient of the Johns Hopkins Faculty Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Before coming to Hopkins, Watters taught in Harvard’s Expository Writing Program, where she received the Derek Bok Award for Distinction in Teaching. She maintains a longstanding collaborative relationship with the American artist Taryn Simon, with whom she has developed five exhibitions over the past decade, including premiers at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Tate Modern, London, and the Venice Biennale. Watters has co-written and edited five books with Simon: An Occupation of Loss (Berlin: Hatje Cantz, 2018), Paperwork and the Will of Capital (Berlin: Hatje Cantz, 2016), A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters (London: Mack Books, 2011), An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar (London: Steidl, 2007), and is currently working on a new exhibition and book about the FBI (forthcoming 2021).
Watters graduated from Middlebury College summa cum laude and did her doctoral work in English Literature at Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, concentrating on the work of D.H. Lawrence. Other interests include multimodal writing, STEM education, and U.S. politics.