Katherine Borland

Associate Professor of Comparative Studies

Katherine Borland, Associate Professor, studies and teaches about the artfulness of ordinary life, and the ways in which traditional expressive arenas constitute contested terrain. Her current research projects include a book length study of Nicaraguan festival performances, entitled The Naked Saint: Masquerade and Identity in Contemporary Nicaragua, a study that includes considerations of traditional cross-dressing, carnivalesque performances, miracle discourse, and pilgrimage within a changing political climate. In her teaching she works particularly with undergraduate students to test theory against practice and practice against theory in order to build a solid foundation for critical inquiry.