Katherine Gaudet


Scholar of Cultural Narratives

Katherine Gaudet is a member of the Humanities faculty and associate director of the University Honors Program at the University of New Hampshire, where she teaches courses on topics like addiction, criminality, and plagues. She is the editor of What Is a Criminal?, a collection of essays by people with diverse knowledge of the U.S. justice system, which is forthcoming in 2022. She is also working on a scholarly collection about literature and addiction. She lives in Saco with her spouse and two children.


  • Hooked: Narratives of Addiction and Recovery

This talk identifies some common tropes in the way we tell stories about addiction, and discusses what happens when real experiences don’t follow those expectations. Recognizing conventional narratives can help us move beyond them to more complex and empathetic understandings of what it is like to suffer from, live with, and recover from addiction.

  • Plague: Stories of Epidemics

Are we living through a Biblical plague? Or are we feeling the wrath of the gods on our society, like Thebes in the time of Oedipus? This talk considers what stories, histories, and legends of epidemics have to tell us about how to understand our own time.