Catherine received her Ph.D. in Italian from Johns Hopkins University in 2020. Her dissertation, Vox Populi: Vernacular Politics in Early Modern Italy, examines the rise of vernacular humanism in light of concurrent political developments on and around the Italian peninsula. As a Ph.D. student, she was a Graduate Fellow of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine, where she studied the history of pain and philosophies of medicine in premodern Europe. She was also the recipient of a Dean’s Teaching Fellowship (2019) and the Dean’s Teaching Prize (2020), as well as a finalist for the Excellence in Teaching Award – Graduate Assistants (2018-2019). As a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, she will be working with Prof. Arielle Saiber to collect, study, and archive examples of altered states of consciousness in medieval and early modern Italian writing and art.