Cate Denial is the Bright Distinguished Professor of American History, Chair of the History department, and Director of the Bright Institute at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. The winner of the American Historical Association’s 2018 Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching award, Cate is a former member of the Digital Public Library of America‘s Educational Advisory Board. She currently sits on the boards of the Western Historical Quarterly and Commonplace: A Journal of Early American Life. Cate is at work on a new book, A Pedagogy of Kindness, under contract with West Virginia University Press. Her historical research has examined the early nineteenth-century experience of pregnancy, childbirth and child-rearing in Upper Midwestern Ojibwe and missionary cultures, research that grew from Cate’s previous book, Making Marriage: Husbands, Wives, and the American State in Dakota and Ojibwe Country (2013). In summer 2018, Cate was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, PA.
As Director of the Bright Institute at Knox College, Cate oversees a program which supports fourteen faculty from liberal arts schools across the United States in their teaching and research for three years, while providing them with $9000 in research funds and convening an annual summer seminar.
Cate is a pedagogical consultant who works with individuals, departments, and organizations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
FORTHCOMING IN 2023: A Pedagogy of Kindness (West Virginia University Press)