Katharine Keenan, PhD

Educator and




Students call me Dr. K., but I am otherwise known as Katharine Keenan, an anthropologist and educator working at a small liberal arts college in the Upper Midwest. My research focuses on the reinvention and revitalization of place through art and performance. In addition to anthropology, I teach courses in the "Great Books" of the liberal arts tradition. At the intersection of my research and my teaching lies the question, how best to describe the experience of being human? 

This website is an exploration of the various angles of approach that I take to answer that question, from my ethnographic research in Northern Ireland, to the Core Curricula I teach, and the alternative assessment methodologies in which I attempt to capture the intangible outcomes of a liberal arts education. In my blog, The Left Hand of the HumanitiesI discuss these experiences and reflect, with an ethnographer's inquiring eye, on my work at the crossroads of the humanities.