Catherine M. Roach
Professor, New College
218 Lloyd Hall
Honours BA, University of Ottawa, 1987
MA in Religious Studies, University of Ottawa, 1989
MA in Religion in the Modern West, Harvard University, 1991
PhD in Religion in the Modern West, Harvard University, 1998
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 M. Roach is a New College professor of cultural studies and gender studies. She has over 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 e-novel Master of Love was published by Simon & Schuster in 2012 and Knight of Love followed in 2014.
Her academic books include an analysis of the environment as Mother Nature and an examination of exotic dance and striptease culture.
Most recently, she wrote about becoming a romance novelist in a book about 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 is forthcoming from Indiana University Press in March 2016.
Roach won the Romance Writers of America Academic Research Grant in 2009 and the Fulbright–University of Leeds Distinguished Chair Award in 2013–14.
She is interested in sustainable agriculture and the slow food movement and has led students on study abroad to a 12th-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.