Catherine Roach

Catherine M. Roach

Professor, New College

(205) 348-8415

croach@nc.ua.edu

218 Lloyd Hall

Office Hours

By appointment

Undergraduate Education

Honours BA, University of Ottawa, 1987

Graduate Education

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

Affiliations

Affiliated Faculty in Dept. of Gender and Race Studies

Author

Teaching Interests

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

Representative Publications

HAPPILY EVER AFTER forthcoming March 2016

HAPPILY EVER AFTER forthcoming March 2016

STRIPPING, SEX, AND POPULAR CULTURE

STRIPPING, SEX, AND POPULAR CULTURE

KNIGHT OF LOVE, historical romance novel

KNIGHT OF LOVE historical romance novel

MASTER OF LOVE historical romance novel

MASTER OF LOVE historical romance novel

Happily Ever After: The Romance Story in Popular Culture.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016.

Knight of Love.  New York: Pocket Star-Simon & Schuster, 2014.  The Society of Love, Book 2.  Web. 

Master of Love. New York: Pocket Star-Simon & Schuster, 2012. The Society of Love, Book 1. Web.

Stripping, Sex, and Popular Culture.  Oxford, UK: Berg Publishers, 2007.

Mother / Nature: Popular Culture and Environmental Ethics.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003.

“Getting a Good Man to Love: Popular Romance Fiction and the Problem of Patriarchy.” Journal of Popular Romance Studies.  Issue 1.1, August 2010. http://jprstudies.org/

Biography

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.