B.A. - Swarthmore College
Catherine Osborne holds a B.A. in art history from Swarthmore College, where she first became interested in the 20th-century modernist reception of medieval art. At Fordham she has focused on American religious history, especially cultural and social history. Her current research concerns American Catholics and modern art and architecture from 1930-1975, with a special interest in artistic activity across denominational and faith lines, and in Catholic attention to concepts of modernity and futurity. She is writing her dissertation with James T. Fisher.
In addition to her primary historical interests, Catherine has strong secondary interests in contemporary systematic theology and Roman Catholic social thought. She has recently written and presented on eschatology and ecology; on feminist theology's treatment of kenosis; on migrant domestic workers and Catholic social thought; and on theological aesthetics and kitsch.