Katharine Hamerton, PhD, is Associate Professor of History in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago. She received her BA (Honors) degree in History and English Literature from the University of Manitoba, and her MA and PhD degrees in History from the University of Chicago. After teaching for two years as an Assistant Professor in the History Department at what was then Southwest Missouri State University (today Missouri State University), she joined the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences in 2005, where her teaching has included Medieval Europe, the Women’s and Gender Studies research/internship capstone, the French Revolution, and “Taste and Consumption in French History: Honors.” During a year-long sabbatical in 2011-12, she was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of History at Duke University, during which period she developed the idea for her current book project, “The Appetites of the Soul.”
Dr. Hamerton’s areas of interest lie in eighteenth-century French intellectual, gender, and cultural history. She has three book projects planned or in progress. “The Appetites of the Soul: Taste and Human Nature in Old Regime France, 1670-1740,” is a monograph in progress on moral and scientific debates surrounding the faculty of taste in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century France. “Madame de Lambert: Essays of a Salonnière,” will be an annotated translation of a selection of the writings of the early Enlightenment salonnière the marquise de Lambert, with an extensive introductory essay, planned for “The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Toronto Series” co-published by the Center for Renaissance and Reformation Studies and the Iter website at the University of Toronto. Dr. Hamerton’s second monograph, “The Tasteful Nation: France, Aesthetic Judgment, and National Identity in the Eighteenth Century,” a study of the eighteenth-century fortunes of taste as a contested and highly gendered quality of French national identity, will be the sequel volume to the “Appetites of the Soul” and will present almost entirely unpublished research.
Dr. Hamerton has received numerous awards, including the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Innovative Course Design Competition Award for her Honors course designed for Columbia’s non-history-majors, “Taste and Consumption in French History: Honors,” which is an elective for the Women’s and Gender Studies Minor and the Cultural Studies major. She has presented her research widely at national and international scholarly conferences and workshops. Her publications include “Rousseau and the New Domestic Art of Women’s Taste,” Proceedings of the Western Society for French History, vol. 37, 2009 (Boulder, CO): 99-115; “A Feminist Voice in the Enlightenment Salon: Madame de Lambert on Taste, Sensibility, and the Feminine Mind,” Modern Intellectual History 7, no. 2 (August 2010): 209-38; and “Malebranche, Taste and Sensibility: The Origins of Sensitive Taste and a Reconsideration of Cartesianism’s Feminist Potential,” The Journal of the History of Ideas 69, no. 4 (October 2008): 533-58.
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Dr. Katharine Hamerton
Columbia College Chicago
Department of HHSS
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