Katherine Morrissey is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the Rochester Institute of Technology and recently completed her PhD in English (Media, Cinema and Digital Studies) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). Katherine has a Master’s in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University and professional experience in web management, graphic design for web/print, as well as communications and marketing in the non-profit sector.

Katherine’s research focuses on the representation of female desire in popular culture, production environments for romantic storytelling, genre gone digital, and participatory culture. Katherine is a recipient of UWM’s Provost’s/UWM Libraries Scholar Award and serves as Co-Director of HASTAC’s annual Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop. Katherine’s work has been published in the Journal for Popular Romance Studies and Transformative Works and Cultures. She recently defended her dissertation: “Romance Networks: Aspiration and Desire in Today’s Digital Culture.”