Katie is the Presidential Professor of German and Humanities at Bucknell University. She is a trained paleographer, a practitioner and teacher of DH methods, and an expert on the genre of the Moravian memoir. She has received three major grants from the NEH for her other work on the Moravians and has another grant proposal pending. Her first grant (1992; Translations Division) was central to the completion and publication of Moravian Women’s Memoirs: Their Related Lives 1750-1820 (Syracuse: Syracuse UP, 1997). Her second NEH grant (2002; Collaborative Research Division) funded the transcription and translation of the Instructions for the Choir Helpers; the resultant volume is Speaking to Body and Soul: Instructions for the Moravian Choir Helpers 1785—86 (University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2017). The third grant was to transcribe and translate the Moravian Mission Diaries at Shamokin (2009; Collaborative Research Division). The most recent NEH-funded project (which will also result in a print publication in the “Stories of the Susquehanna” series of the Bucknell University Press; already available online at http://shamokindiary.blogs.bucknell.edu/) has spawned a huge amount of public interest in the history of the interactions between colonists, Moravians, and Native Americans on the Susquehanna River. The many talks that Katie has given on this topic garnered the interest of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the R.K. Mellon Foundation, and the subject matter contained within the diaries deeply informed a feasibility study (co-authored) for the US Department of the Interior on the designation of the Susquehanna River as a connector to the Captain John Smith Trail. In May 2012 the Susquehanna River became part of that National Historic Trail that is administered by the National Parks Service. Katie also served on the advisory board to the National Parks Service Captain John Smith Trail until it was disbanded in 2017.
Over the last seven years, Katie has become increasingly proficient in various digital methodologies, starting with ArcGIS. In addition to techniques of spatial analysis, she has also developed proficiency in textual analysis and other modes of data visualization and now regularly teaches courses in the Digital Humanities at Bucknell.