Katherine A. Hermes received her A.B. in history from the University of California-Irvine in 1985, M.A. (1986) and M. Phil (1987) from Yale University, J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1992 and Ph.D. from Yale in 1995.
Dr. Hermes joined the faculty at CCSU in 1997. Prior to her arrival, she was a Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand) and she has presented at several conferences in New Zealand since leaving in ‘97. At CCSU, she has served as interim department chair (Fall 2001) and interim coordinator of Polish Studies (2001-2002). She was co-coordinator of the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program from 2005-2007. She served as CCSU’s History Department chairperson from 2012 to 2018.
Dr. Hermes teaches courses in early American history, focusing on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Native American history and legal history. Dr. Hermes was a finalist for CCSU’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 1999 and a semi-finalist in 2005 and 2016 and has been on the EIT Honor Roll several times.
She has presented papers by invitation at the Harvard International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World in 1997, 2000, and 2005, as well as at the Atlantic History Workshop sponsored by the Seminar in 2005. She was a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at the American Maritime History workshop at the Munson Institute, Mystic Seaport, in 2010. In 2012 the Max Planck Institute for Legal History in Frankfurt, Germany, invited her to speak at the LOEWE Research Focus workshop on “Justice without the State.” Dr. Hermes is also a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. In 2013, Dr. Hermes was elected as a Fellow to the International Academy on Workplace Bullying for her work as a volunteer to help enact legislation to protect targets of workplace abuse.