Researchers at UCD


Katherine Fama

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of English, Drama & Film
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: 716 8158


     Dr. Fama is an Assistant Professor of American Literature in the School of English, Film, Drama, and Creative Writing at University College Dublin. Dr. Fama is at work on the Architecture of Singleness. This book project uncovers the reciprocal relationship between the early 20th-century novel, domestic architecture, and the single woman in America. She is also at work on collected editions focusing on singleness studies in the humanities (with Jorie Lagerwey) and the architectural humanities (with Anne Fogarty). 
     Most recently, Dr. Fama held a Marie Curie Fellowship with the Zukunftskolleg and the Department of Literature, and a Research Fellowship with the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Konstanz, in southern Germany. Dr. Fama has also been the recipient of a Volkswagen Postdoctoral Research Fellowship taken at the Literature Department of the John F. Kennedy Institute for North-American Studies at Free University Berlin, a yearlong NEH grant at Winterthur Museum and Library, and fellowships from Smith College, the Huntington Library, and the Lilly Library. Dr. Fama has served in the Delegate Assembly of the MLA and organized recent panels and events for the Modernist Studies Association, the Irish Association of American Studies, and the American Studies Association.  
     Dr. Fama received her doctorate in English and American Literature (with a certificate in American Culture Studies) from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. She teaches feminist theory, architecture and literature, sexuality studies, affect theory, labor fiction, and the modern American novel. Her previous work in narrative theory and modernism can be found in JML; work on architecture, race and single women appears in MELUS; and an essay on women's domestic accounting fictions in Studies in American Naturalism. Current projects also include work on class-passing women and affective spaces. 


Honours and Awards

Year: 2017.
Title: Modern Architecture and Narrative, Research Group Grant
Year: 2017.
Title: Single Lives Conference, Seed Funding Grant
Year: 2013.
Title: Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship
Year: 2013.
Title: Caroline D. Bain Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship
Year: 2013.
Title: W.M. Keck Foundation Fellowship
Year: 2015.
Title: NEH Summer Institute Grant, Bard Graduate Center
Year: 2014.
Title: Volkswagen Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, JFK Insitute for North-American Studies, Free University Berlin
Year: 2014.
Title: FPIRI Research Fellowship, Winterthur Library and Museum
Year: 2015.
Title: Cultural Foundations of Integration Research Fellowship
Year: 2015.
Title: Two Year Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Incoming Fellowship

Conference Contributions

Fama, Katherine; Williams, Nerys; Stewart, Maria; Hayes-Brady, Clare (2018) Foreign Bodies and Native Sons. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Irish Association of American Studies, Annual Conference, Humanities Institute, University College Dublin , 23-MAR-18 - 24-MAR-18.
Fama, K and Fogarty, A. (2018) Modern Architecture and Narrative Seminar. [Chaired Session], Graphic Modernisms, Modernist Studies Association Annual Meeting, Columbus, OH, USA , 08-NOV-18 - 10-NOV-18.
Fama, Katherine A. (2017) Crazy About Building: Single Women's Architectural Affects at the Fin de Siècle, Building Identities Panel. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Irish Association for American Studies Annual Conference, Ulster University, Belfast, Northern Ireland , 28-APR-17 - 29-APR-17.
Fama, Katherine; Lagerwey, Jorie (2017) Conference CoChair. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Single Lives: 200 Years of Women in Literature and Popular Culture, University College Dublin , 13-OCT-17 - 14-OCT-17.
Katherine Fama (2014) Architectural Mobility: Single Women at the YWCA. [Invited Lecture], Caroline D. Bain Colloquium, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northamption, MA, USA , 07-FEB-16 - 07-JAN-14.
Katherine Fama (2015) The Literary Architecture of Singleness: American Fiction & the Production of Women's Independent Space, 1880-1929. [Oral Presentation], Zunkunftskolleg Jour Fixe, Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz , 09-DEC-15 - 09-DEC-15.
Katherine Fama (2015) Architectures of Marital Deferral: Edna Ferber's Mobile Homes and Serial Fictions. [Oral Presentation], American Studies Association Annual Conference:, Toronto, Canada , 08-OCT-15 - 11-OCT-15.
Katherine Fama (2015) Anzia Yezierska's Real Home for Working Girls: From Tenement to Charity Home (and Back). [Oral Presentation], Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA, USA , 19-NOV-15 - 22-NOV-15.
Katherine Fama (2017) Writing Back to the Beautiful Home for Working Girls: Literary Challenges to the Charity Home  . [Invited Oral Presentation], Berkshire Triennial Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities, Hofstra University, New York, USA , 01-JUN-17 - 04-JUN-17.


Committee : Executive Committee, Irish Association of American Studies- IAAS
Committee : Workflow Committee, School of English, Drama, Film & Creative Writing
Committee : Academic Integrity Committee
Committee : IAAS Conference Organizing Committee


Year 2013 Institution: Washington Univ Missouri
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 2001 Institution: Swarthmore College, PA
Qualification: BA Subject:
Year 2007 Institution: New York University, USA
Qualification: MA Subject:

Outreach Activities

Television Appearance: 
Invited Panelist, "U.S. Election Special," Tonight with Vincent Browne, TV3, 8 October 2016, Dublin, Ireland. 
Organizer, Public Lecture at the National Library of Ireland
13 October, 2017 
Rebecca Traister, "Thornbacks to Spinsters to Welfare Queens: the Political Centrality of Unmarried Women in America" 
Attendance: c 100



Peer Reviewed Journals

Fama, Katherine A. (2017) 'Domestic Data and Feminist Momentum: The Narrative Accounting of Helen Stuart Campbell and Charlotte Perkins Gilman'. Studies in American Naturalism, 12 (1):105-126. [Details]
Fama, Katherine A. (2016) 'The Single Architecture of Contending Forces: Lodging Independent Women in Pauline E. Hopkins's Little Romance'. MELUS, 41 (4):196-221. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Fama, Katherine A. (2014) 'Melancholic Remedies: Djuna Barnes's Nightwood as Narrative Theory'. Journal of Modern Literature, 37 (2):39-58. Available Online [DOI] [Details]

Encyclopedia Entry

Fama, Katherine A. (2016) Saint Louis. Bloomington, Indiana, USA: Encyclopedia Entry Available Online [Details]


Research Interests

Dr. Fama co-organizes a Humanities Institute Research Project entitled Architecture and Narrative: The Built Environment in Modern Culture, with Professor Anne Fogarty. The project will run from 2017-2020.
The group will hold a seminar, entitled Modern Architecture and Narrative at the 2018 Annual Modernist Studies Association conference, "Graphic Modernisms". 

Dr. Fama also works with Dr. Jorie Lagerwey (Film and Media Studies) to coordinate the Single Lives Research Group at UCD. The group held its first conference, "Single Lives: 200 Years of Independent Women in Literature and Popular Culture" on 13-14th October, 2017, at the Humanities Institute.




Internal Collaborators

Humanities Institute 

Architecture and Narrative: The Built Environment in Modern Culture 
A Humanities Institute Research Project
Co-Organizers: Katherine Fama & Anne Fogarty
UCD Affiliates: 

Hugh Campbell, School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy
Kathleen James- Chakraborty, School of Art History and Cultural Policy
Jaime Jones, School of Music
Gillian Pye, School of Languages, Culture and Linguistics 
Single Lives Research Group
Conference Co-Director:
"Single Lives: 200 Years of Independent Women in Literature and Popular Culture" (October, 2017)
College of Arts and Sciences, Conference Grant (December, 2016)

with Dr. Jorie Lagerwey.
Jorie Lagerwey is a lecturer in Television Studies at University College Dublin. She is the author of Postfeminist Celebrity and Motherhood: Brand Mom. Her work on gender, race, celebrity and genre on television and other digital media has appeared in Cinema Journal, Television and New Media, Genders, and elsewhere.  

External Collaborators

Architecture and Narrative: The Built Environment in Modern Culture 
A Humanities Institute Research Project
 (Grant Funded)
Dr. Kirin Makker (Architecture, Hobart & William Smith Colleges)
Dr. Ashley Maher (Literature, University College Oxford)
Dr. Erin Sweeney (Humanities Core, U.C. Irvine)

The Humanities Pedagogy Workshop (Grant Funded)

A year-long series of pedagogy workshops with international specialists, centered at the Zukunftskolleg at the University of Konstanz, supported by the Konstanzia Fellowship and the Zukunftskolleg Co-Funding.
Charter Group Members:
   Dr. Julia Boll (Dept. of Literature, University of Konstanz)
   Dr. Katherine Fama (School of English, Drama, and Film, UCD)
   Dr. Elliott Lash (Celtic Studies, University of Maynooth)
   Dr. Emily Petermann (Dept. of Literature, University of Konstanz)
   Dr. Leila Whitley (Dept. of Literature, University of Konstanz)  

The University of Konstanz and the DFG Excellence Initiative fund the Humanities Pedagogy Workshop Series. The award funds a series of pedagogical theory and methods workshops in the interdisciplinary humanities. Workshops will be held in Konstanz and Dublin, with plans to expand to other partner institutions.