Kathryn Koo  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  


  • Ph.D English, University of California, Berkeley, 2002
  • M.A. English, University of California, Davis, 1997
  • A.B. English and Program in Creative Writing, Princeton University, 1992


  • Gilder Lehrman Fellowship - Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (2007)
  • Robert L. Middlekauff Fellowship - Huntington Library (2007)
  • Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellowship - American Antiquarian Society (2005)


Selected Presentations

  • Keeping Watch over Boston: Race, Anxiety, and the Rise of a Colonial City.
    Annual Conference of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
  • Reconsidering Slavery: Cotton Mather and the Trials of Slave Ownership.
    Annual Conference of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
  • Cotton Mather, the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Philemon, and the Making of Puritan Slavery.
    Annual Conference of the American Literature Association
  • William Apess, Historical Trauma, and the Geography of New England.
    Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association
  • Reflections on the Pequot War: Puritan History as Personal Narrative.
    Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association
  • Perversity and Influence: "In Prison" with Edgar Allan Poe and Elizabeth Bishop.
    International Edgar Allan Poe Conference
  • The Politics of Space: Domestic Spheres and Female Bodies in Beecher and Stowe's American Woman's Home and Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
    First International MELUS Conference

Invited Lectures

  • Conformity and Difference: William Apess's A Son of the Forest and the Conversion Narrative Form.
    Johannes Gutenberg Universitat, Mainz, Germany


  • Koo, Kathryn. 2008. Slave Life in Colonial America, Colonial America: Perspectives in American Social History, ABC-Clio
  • Koo, Kathryn. April 2007. Strangers in the House of God: Cotton Mather, Onesimus, and an Experiment in Christian Slaveholding, Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, vol. 117, issue 1, pg.143-175
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Mailing Address

Saint Mary's College of California
1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575
(925) 631-4000
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