English and Creative Writing

Catherine Reedy

Katy Reedy

Visiting Assistant Professor of English



Shakespeare; Renaissance drama and poetry; sixteenth- and seventeenth-century religious history; early modern medical practices and epidemic disease; revenge narratives.


PhD, Harvard University, English
MA, Harvard University, English
BA, Bates College, Biological Psychology

Courses Taught

Literature and Medicine (ENG 221)


“Public Fasts and Medical Practices: Special Worship and the Smallpox in Seventeenth Century Boston.” Forthcoming. Medicine and Religion in the Trans-Atlantic World, 1550 1800  (ed. Kathleen Miller). 

Editor: Thomas Middleton’s Lord Mayoral Show  The Triumphs of Health and Prosperity for the Map of Early Modern London digital resource

“Shut In.” Flash Fiction.  decomP magazinE (Fall 2017). Online.

“You Are What You Eat.” Fiction.  Crack the Spine (24 May 2017).  Online.

Contributor for  Huffington Post (2015 present).  Online.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/katyree-366 

Co-author of “Activation of raphe efferents to the medial prefrontal cortex by CRF; correlation with anxiety-like behavior.” (2008).   Biological Psychology.  63(9): 832-9. 

Awards and Honors

John and Elizabeth Armstrong Dissertation Fellowship, Harvard University (2013-2014)

Winthrop Sargeant Prize Term-Time Fellowship, Harvard University (2012)

Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University (Spring 2011, Fall 2011)

Talks and Posters

Stamped Images: The Imagination and the Plague in Shakespeare’s Theater” (forthcoming) 
Robert B. Glassman Symposium, Lake Forest College, November 2017

“Shows of discontent”: Female Lament and the Aesthetics of Revenge in The Rape of Lucrece
MLA panel session on “Gendered Vengeance”
January 2019