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Katherine E. Lynch PhD

Katherine E.  Lynch, PhD

Katherine E. Lynch, PhD

Associate Professor, English

Chair, Sam Draper Honors Program

Academic I, Room 1226B


Katherine Lynch, PhD, is Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Sam Draper Honors Program at RCC. She started at the College as a full-time faculty member in 2010 and spent two years directing the Reading and Writing Center. From 2012 to 2014 she served as Chair of English, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, and was appointed Honors Program Chair in November 2014.

Dr. Lynch is a medievalist by training, and her other academic interests include LGBT and gender studies. Dr. Lynch has been active in many committees and organizations on campus, including the Faculty Senate, for which she has chaired the College Curriculum Committee and been a member of the Executive Committee since 2011.

Dr. Lynch previously served as an instructor and assistant director of the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received her MA and PhD in Literary Studies. Her area of concentration was early medieval English literature – specifically, the poetry of the Anglo-Saxons. Her first novel, Confucius Jane (Forge Books), was published in January 2016.


  • BA English and History, Dartmouth College, 2002
  • MA Literary Studies, University of Wisconsin, 2004
  • PhD Literary Studies, University of Wisconsin, 2010

Awards (Selected)

  • Forty Under 40 Award, Rockland Economic Development Corporation, 2012
  • Co-author, National Endowment for the Humanities “Muslim Journeys” grant for RCC Library, 2012
  • Lemoine-Midelfort Dissertation Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009
  • Eccles Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009

Professional Accomplishments (Selected)

  • Chair, Faculty Senate College Curriculum Committee, since 2011
  • Chair, LGBTQI Quality of Life Committee, since 2012
  • Faculty Senate Executive Committee, since 2011
  • Organizer, “LGBT Voices: Featuring Lee Lynch,” honoring National Coming Out Day, 2013
  • Mentor for students in Gay-Straight Alliance, since 2010

Publications (Selected)

  • Confucius Jane (novel), Forge Books (an imprint of Macmillan), New York, 2016.
  • “The Wiþ Dweorh Charms: A Union of Text and Voice” in The Genesis of Books: Studies in the Interactions of Words, Texts, and Print in Honor of A.N. Doane. Eds. Matthew T. Hussey and John D. Niles. Turnhout: Brepols, 2012.
  • Radclyffe and Katherine E. Lynch, eds. OMGQueer: Fiction By Queer Youth, For Queer Youth. Valley Falls, NY: Bold Strokes Books, 2012.

Presentations (Selected)

  • “Developmental Courses and Student Preparedness,” Co-presenter, RCC CETL workshop, 2013
  • “Revising Courses for General Education Approval,” Co-presenter, RCC CETL workshop, 2013
  • “Virginia Woolf, ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ (1925) and Michael Cunningham, ‘The Hours’ (1998),” Last Good Book Colloquium, RCC, 2012