Catherine holds a B.A. in art history from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in historical theology from Fordham University. She has taught theology and American religious history at Fordham, Franklin & Marshall College, the University of Notre Dame, and Loyola Marymount University. A native of Washington, DC, and a longtime resident of New York City, she currently lives in South Bend, IN, where she is a member of the St. Peter Claver Catholic Worker Community. In her spare time she enjoys attending city council meetings, cooking with produce from Julian of Norwich Farm, and long walks along the river with the household dogs.