Katherine Joslin

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Katherine Joslin
Professor Emerita and Founding Director, University Center for the Humanities
(269) 387-2599
717 Sprau Tower, Mail Stop 5331
Mailing address: 
Department of English
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331
  • Ph.D., American Literature, Northwestern University, 1984
  • M.A., English, Northwestern University, 1978
  • B.A., English, Oakland University, 1970
Teaching interests: 
  • American fiction and non-fiction at the turn into the twentieth century
  • Material culture and social and political history
  • Women writers
Research interests: 
  • "Theodore Roosevelt, a Life in Language," book project

Dr. Katherine Joslin, professor of English at Western Michigan University, received the Distinguished Faculty Scholar award in 2011.


  • Edith Wharton and the Making of Fashion (UPNE, 2009; paperback, 2011), Choice magazine Outstanding Academic Title award.
  • Jane Addams, A Writer's Life (Illinois, 2004; paperback 2009).
  • Edith Wharton in the Women Writers Series (Macmillan and St. Martin's, 1991; paperback 1994), part of the resurgence in Wharton studies.  Joslin is a founding member of the Edith Wharton Society.

 Co-edited books:

  • Crossings in Texts and Textiles (UPNE, 2015).
  • Wretched Exotic: Essays on Wharton in Europe (Lang, 1993; paperback 1996).
  • American Feminism (Routledge, 2003).

Essays, reviews, and chapters in:

  • The Journal of American Studies
  • Modern Fiction Studies
  • College Literature
  • Edith Wharton Review
  • Edith Wharton in Context (Cambridge, 2012)
  • Feminist Interpretations of Jane Addams (Penn State, 2010)
  • Cambridge Companion to Kate Chopin (Cambridge, 2008)
  • Twisted from the Ordinary (Tennessee, 2003)
  • Special Relationships (Manchester, 2002)
  • A Forward Glance (Delaware, 1999)
  • Women, America, and Movement (Missouri, 1998)

The Eccles Centre at the British Library named her Visiting U.S. Fellowship in 2014.  Under her direction, a WMU team won Fulbright Summer Institute grants in 1999, 2000 and 2001 for international professors.  Joslin became a Fulbright Senior Specialist and traveled to Egypt in 2008.  WMU Alumni honored her with the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1997.