Assistant Professor of English and Communication Studies
Office: Treadaway Hall, Room 376
Ph.D., Texas A&M University
M.A., Baylor University
B.A., Baylor University
Dr. Katherine Hampsten is an assistant professor in Speech Communication at St. Mary’s University. Her teaching and research focus on intersections of gender, identity, and work. At St. Mary’s University, Dr. Hampsten teaches courses such as Gender Communication, Issues of Work and Family, and Fundamentals of Oral Communication. Her scholarship has appeared in Women’s Studies in Communication, Women & Language online, and the upcoming edited volume, The Palin Factor: Political Mothers and Public Motherhood in the 21st Century. She is also the faculty adviser for Lambda Pi Eta at St. Mary’s.
Dr. Hampsten has also presented her research at several national conferences, including the National Communication Association (NCA) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Currently, she is developing a book about how women navigate cultural norms of perfection and has worked with the Women’s History Month Committee on campus. In her spare time, she enjoys reading novels, cooking, and exploring the Texas Hill Country with her family.