Cate joined the faculty at Wofford College as an Assistant Professor of English and the Director of Digital Pedagogy for Wofford’s Center for Innovation and Learning in the fall of 2015. At Wofford, she has taught courses exploring visual culture, dramatic literature, and writing in digital environments.
Cate received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in the summer of 2015. Her dissertation, Laughter and Consequence: Rhetoric and the Trouble with Intention in Humor and Identity Politics focuses on the intersections of performance, identity politics, and contemporary humor, examining the cultural implications of the kinds of jokes we make these days.
Cate spent many of her years at UT working in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing’s Digital Writing and Research Lab (DWRL), serving as an Assistant Director for the Lab from 2012-2014. In addition to her roles at UT as visual rhetorician and digital scholar, Cate reviewed theater for the Austin American-Statesman and wrote feature articles for Arts & Culture Texas.
Cate was born in northern California but spent her formative years in Henderson, Nevada before moving to Austin in 2007. In addition to a penchant for cowboy boots and breakfast tacos, Cate’s time in Austin yielded a love of the outdoors, a commitment to community involvement, and a thirst for long-distance running. She also got a dog and took up knitting. In South Carolina, Cate started a baking blog and joined the local improv comedy company.