Catherine Roach
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Dr. Catherine M. Roach
Professor of New College

Affiliated Faculty in Dept. of Gender and Race Studies


  • Honours B.A., University of Ottawa, 1987
  • M.A. in Religious Studies, University of Ottawa, 1989
  • M.A. in Religion in the Modern West, Harvard University, 1991
  • Ph.D. in Religion in the Modern West, Harvard University, 1998

Courses Taught:

  • NEW 415   Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture

  • NEW 100 Intro to Interdisciplinary & Integrative Studies (gateway New College course)

  • NEW 211   Food For Thought

  • NEW 495   Capstone Senior Project Seminar



Dr. Catherine Roach is a New College professor of cultural studies and gender studies. She has two decades of teaching, research, and publication experience on gendered fantasy spaces in American popular culture. Catherine Roach also writes historical romance fiction under the pen name Catherine LaRoche; her first novel, Master of Love, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2012 and Knight of Love will appear in 2013. Her academic books include an analysis of the environment as Mother Nature and an examination of exotic dance and striptease culture. Currently, she is writing about her experience of becoming a romance novelist in a hybrid academic book on how the story of romance—“find your one true love”—is the most powerful narrative at work in popular culture. Entitled Happily Ever After, the book will be published by Indiana University Press in 2015. Roach won the Romance Writers of America Academic Research Grant in 2009. A lifelong reader of romance novels, she combines fiction writing of historical romance with academic writing about the romance genre in an exploration of both worlds. She is also very interested in sustainable agriculture and the slow food movement and has led students on study-abroad to a twelfth-century agricultural estate in Italy. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends—especially summers escaping the Alabama heat back in her native Canada.


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