Kate McGrath received her B.A. in history with honors and B.A. in political science, summa cum laude, from the University of Georgia in 2002. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in medieval history at Emory University in 2007. Prior to her arrival at CCSU, she also taught at Emory University and the University of Georgia.
Her research examines how medieval writings on feuds and other conflicts imputed anger to disputants in such a way as to characterize and evaluate the conduct of nobles implicated in acts of violence. Anger served to reflect and reinforce ideal aristocratic social expectations and relationships in medieval Northern France and Anglo-Norman territories in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. By investigating the boundaries around honorable and shameful displays of anger in these texts, my research hopes to expand on contemporary debates about the nature of chivalry by arguing that anger functioned as an important cultural ‘script’ to regulate ideal relations between nobles and their dependents.
In addition to offering courses in medieval European history and world history, she also works with the Social Studies Secondary Education Program, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor, and the First Year Experience program.