Catherine Shepard Bloomer
Catherine Bloomer is a PhD candidate in the Department of Italian and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, where she obtained her M.A. and M.Phil. in Italian literature. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the Institute for the Study of Sexuality and Gender. She is the recipient of Columbia University's Core Preceptor Award for Teaching Excellence (2022).
Catherine received her M.F.A. in fiction from the New School in 2016, where she taught literature and worked as a research assistant while writing a critical thesis on women’s voices and, as her creative thesis, a novel that examines the intersections of disability and marginalized cultures. Catherine was the pilot teacher for the arts education nonprofit WriteOn NYC. She currently serves as their Associate Director.
Catherine graduated cum laude from Barnard College in 2013, with a B.A. in Italian and English literature and a concentration in Creative Writing. At Barnard, Catherine received the Speranza Prize in Italian and the Lenore Marshall Prize for poetry. As part of her undergraduate career, she studied at the Università di Bologna in 2011.
Her research interests include the body and gender in medieval literature and the historical conception of disability. She is also pursuing research in comparative literature and feminist scholarship with special regard to disease and violence. Her dissertation, Blameless Defect: A Dantean Model of Disability, focuses on disability in Dante’s works and times. You can follow her work at catherinebloomer.com.