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Ph.D. in English, Certificates in American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2021
M.A. in Liberal Studies, American Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2011
B.A. in English and Creative Writing, The George Washington University, 2009


2023          AAC&U Frederic W. Ness Book Award for The New College Classroom with Cathy N. Davidson
2023          Student Engagement Grant, Hunter College
2020          Ralph Waldo Emerson Society Graduate Student Paper Prize
2019          Diana Colbert Innovative Teaching Prize, Ph.D. Program in English
2019          Doctoral Student Research Grant, Ph.D. Program in English
2018          Digital Dissertation Award, The New Media Lab
2018          The Dewey Digital Teaching Award, The New Media Lab
2017-18   Provost’s Digital Innovation Implementation Grant, GC Digital Initiatives
2017           Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Travel Award, National Science Foundation (NSF)
2016-17     Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant, GC Digital Initiatives
2016-17     Research Grant, The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society


Davidson, Cathy N., and Christina Katopodis. The New College Classroom. Harvard University Press, 2022.

“Sound Ecologies: Listening to America’s Literary Vibrations from Margaret Fuller to Standing Rock” (In progress).



2024          Katopodis, Christina. “The ‘Mute Music’ in Emerson’s Polarity: Generating Practical Power,” in Oxford Handbook of Ralph Waldo Emerson, edited by Christopher Hanlon. Oxford University Press, anticipated March 2024.

2023          Katopodis, Christina. “3 Ways to Improve Student Group Work,” Inside Higher Education, September 13, 2023.

2023          Katopodis, Christina. “How to Move Past Post-Dissertation Depression,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 21, 2023.

2023          Bailey, Austin, and Christina Katopodis, “Radically Inclusive Classroom Practices: Two Student-Centered Methods of Teaching Emerson to Undergraduates,” The Transparent Eyeball (Spring 2023).

2023          Katopodis, Christina. “Teaching for a Habitable Future with Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower: ‘we’ll have to seed ourselves farther and farther from this dying place’,” English Language Notes vol. 61, no. 1 (2023): 77-94.

2023          Katopodis, Christina. “Self-Evaluation: The Humanistic Skill We Need in a Just Society,” Zeal: A Journal for the Liberal Arts vol. 1, no. 2 (2023): 141-46.

2022          Katopodis, Christina. “Echoing Women from Sarah Parton’s Ruth Hall: Croup Cough and Sound Intuition in the 19C and Today,” Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal, 15 September 2022.

2022          Davidson, Cathy N. and Christina Katopodis. “Starting Off Right with the Syllabus,” Inside Higher Ed, 24 August 2022.

2022          Davidson, Cathy N. and Christina Katopodis. “10 Arguments for Inciting Learning,Inside Higher Ed, 20 July 2022.

2021          Katopodis, Christina. “The Music of the Spheres in Emerson, Fuller, and Thoreau: Lyell’s Principles and Transcendental Listening,” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, vol. 28, no. 3 (Autumn 2021): 839-867.

2021          Katopodis, Christina, “A Pedagogy of Self-Care for a Post-Pandemic Fall,Hybrid Pedagogy, 29 July 2021.

2021          Katopodis, Christina, “Emerson and Antaeus, the Broken Giant,” The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, 25 May 2021.

2020          Katopodis, Christina, and Cathy N. Davidson. “Contract Grading and Peer Review” in Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead), edited by Susan D. Blum. West Virginia University Press.

2020          Davidson, Cathy N., and Christina Katopodis, “8 Ways to Improve Group Work Online,” Inside Higher Ed, 28 October 2020.

2020          Davidson, Cathy N., and Christina Katopodis, “Trust your students to be active participants in their learning,” Times Higher Ed, 26 June 2020.

2020          Davidson, Cathy N., and Christina Katopodis, “In a Pandemic, Everyone Gets an Asterisk,” Inside Higher Ed, 23 March 2020.

2020          Davidson, Cathy N., and Christina Katopodis, “Transforming Your Online Teaching from Crisis to Community,” Inside Higher Ed, 10 March 2020.

2019          Katopodis, Christina. “Vibrational Epistemology in the Nineteenth-Century American Soundscape: Music and Noise in Walden.” ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture vol. 65, no. 3 (Fall 2019): 382-423.

2019          Katopodis, Christina, and Cathy N. Davidson. “Changing Our Classrooms to Prepare Students for a Challenging World.” Profession (Fall 2019).

2019          Katopodis, Christina. “Listening in the Field: Recording and the Science of Birdsong.” Configurations vol. 27, no. 1 (January 2019): 120-2. [Book Review]

2018          Katopodis, Christina. “‘A remaking of the mind itself’: Margaret Fuller’s Pedagogy & Mine.” Conversations vol. 2, no. 1 (2018): 12.

2016          Katopodis, Christina, “Addressing Despair in the Classroom: An Ecocritical Approach to Non-Canonical American Writers,” Pedagogy & American Literary Studies, 18 May 2016.

2016          Katopodis, Christina, “Student-Driven Pedagogy in the American Literature Survey Course,” Pedagogy & American Literary Studies, 16 May, 2016.


Katopodis, Christina. “Radical 19C Staten Island: Sowing the Abolitionist Seeds of a Yet Unpublished Thoreau,” Concord Saunterer [under review].

Ziebell, Josefine, and Christina Katopodis. “Structuring Equity into Our Classes to Resist Carceral Soundscapes and Spark Student Engagement, Curiosity, and Activism,” Sound Studies [under review].


Learning From Teaching Fails,” Davidson and Katopodis Interview with Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 1 September 2022.

The Best Books for Inspiring Lifelong Learning,” Davidson and Katopodis Interview with Cathy Shepherd,, 8 August 2022.

Exploring the Potential for Educational Transformation,” Davidson and Katopodis Interview with Bryan Alexander, Future Trends Forum, 24 June 2021.

Contract Grading and Peer Review,” Davidson and Katopodis Interview with Aaron Blackwelder, Beyond the Curriculum, 22 December 2020.


2023-25     Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate, CUNY Humanities Alliance
2021-23     Postdoctoral Research Associate, Transformative Learning in the Humanities, CUNY
2020-21     University Grants Manager, Transformative Learning in the Humanities, CUNY
2017-20     Futures Initiative Fellow, GC-CUNY
2017-20     New Media Lab Graduate Student Researcher, GC-CUNY
2017-20     Research Assistant for Cathy N. Davidson, Distinguished Professor
2017-19     HASTAC Scholar, GC-CUNY
2013-17     Graduate Center Fellow, GC-CUNY
2013-14     Research Assistant for Professor David Reynolds, Distinguished Professor


Hunter College (2014-2018, 2023)
320 Multiethnic American Literature (FA 2023)
Adv. Topics in 19th Cent Lit: Gender in the American Renaissance (FA 2017, FA 2015)
American Literature: Origins to the Civil War (FA 2018, FA 2016, FA 2015)
Intro to Writing about Literature (SP 2017, SP 2016, SP 2015, FA 2014)
Women, Gender, and U.S. Literature (SU 2017)

New Jersey City University (2016, 2020)
English Composition 101 (FA 2020, FA 2016)

Tallahassee Community College (2011-2012)
Argument and Persuasion (SP 2012)
College Composition (FA 2012, FA 2011)

University of Virginia (2009)
Teaching Assistant, University of Virginia Young Writers Workshop (SU 2009)

Learning Enterprises (2007)
ESL Teacher, Villa Lourdes, Panama (SU 2007)

Photo credit: Weiheng Sun


2024 | “Toward an Indigenous Sound Ecology: Resisting White Sonic Occupation in the Works of Black Hawk and Jane Johnston Schoolcraft,” C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, Pasadena, CA

2024 | “Bad Mothers: Women Painted into a Corner in 19C American Literature,” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), Boston, MA

2024 | “The Somatic Dickinson: Listening and Movement as Analytical Tools,” Modern Language Association (MLA), Philadelphia, PA 

2023 | “Margaret Fuller’s Radical Optimism: Westward to the Mexican-American War, Eastward to the Italian Revolution,” Thoreau Society Conference, Concord, MA 

2023 | “Audre Lorde is Emerson’s Poet, Fully Realized,” American Literature Association (ALA), Boston, MA

2023 | “Practicing Equity Through Active Learning: An Interactive Symposium on Transforming the Higher Education Classroom,” American Educational Research  Association (AERA), Chicago, IL

2023 | “Thoreau, Black Lives, and Abolitionism on Staten Island in 1843,” Modern Language Association (MLA), San Francisco, CA.

2022 | “Radical Tools, Radical Pedagogy: An Interactive Workshop on Teaching to Transform,” American Studies Association, New Orleans, LA.

2022 | “Intersecting Life and Learning: From the New College Classroom to Everything Else,” Keynote Address, Dual Delivery with Cathy N. Davidson, University of Melbourne, Australia.

2022 | “The New College Classroom,” Keynote Address Dual Delivery with Cathy N. Davidson, Mount Holyoke College and the Five Colleges, South Hadley, MA.

2022 | “The New College Classroom,” Book Launch Talk Dual Delivery with Cathy N. Davidson, The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY.

2022 | “Emerson’s Sound Ecology,” C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, Miami, FL.

2022 | “Building Transformative Teaching and Learning Communities at the City University of New York (CUNY),” Modern Language Association (MLA), Washington, DC.

2021 | “Reimagining the End of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening as Critical, Creative Practice,” American Literature Association, Hybrid Conference. [Synchronous Session]

2021 | “CUNY Core Books: Critical to the Core,” LaGuardia Community College, Live Webinar. [Synchronous Panel]

2021 | “Digitizing Nineteenth-Century Women’s Writing Using Manifold,” Modern Language Association (MLA), Remote Conference. [Live Roundtable]

2020 | “Thomas Wiggins, Sonic Blackness and Resistance on the Nineteenth-Century American Stage,” C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, Remote Conference. [Asynchronous Session]

2020 | “Emerson’s Sonic Self and the Tuning of the World,” Thoreau Society Annual Gathering. [Live Digital Panel]

2020 | “Trust Your Students,” REMOTE, Arizona State University. [Live Digital Session, Co-presenter with Cathy N. Davidson.]

2020 | “Listening in the Field and to the Text: The Role of Sound Recording in Ecocritical Approaches to Thoreau’s Walden,” Modern Language Association (MLA), Seattle, WA.

2019 | “Margaret Fuller, Beethoven, and Revolution in the Minds of Women,” ThinkOlio, The Strand Bookstore, New York, NY. [Invited Talk]

2019 | “Decolonizing (Digital) Pedagogy,” HASTAC, Vancouver, BC [Panel]

2019 | “The Classroom as Training Ground for Digital Democracy,” Digital Democracies Conference, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC [Workshop]

2019 | “Unfolding Fanny Fern’s Ruth Hall and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ‘The Birthmark’,” American Literature Association (ALA), Boston, MA. [Hawthorne Society Panel]

2019 | “Going Public: How and Why to Develop a Digital Scholarly Identity,” Modern Language Association (MLA), Chicago, IL. [MLA Career Center Sponsored Panel]

2018 |Participatory Pedagogy and Connecting Classrooms to Student Backgrounds,” Academic Center for Excellence in Research and Teaching (ACERT), Hunter College. [Invited Talk]

2018 | “Classrooms and Social Justice: Why Start with Pedagogy?” University Worth Fighting For Series and Community College and the Future of the Humanities, GC-CUNY.

2018 | “Pulse and Polarity: The Vibrational Epistemology of Fuller and Emerson,” Transcendentalist Intersections: Literature, Philosophy, Religion, Heidelberg, Germany.

2018 | “Thoreau’s Sonic Territories and the Epistemology of Climate Change,” C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, Albuquerque, NM.

2018 | “The Trouble with Gender for Margaret Fuller,” Modern Language Association (MLA), New York, NY. [Margaret Fuller Society Panel]

2018 | “Thoreau’s Democratization of Music from Singing Crickets to Dreaming Frogs,” Modern Language Association (MLA), New York, NY. [Organizer, Special Session Panel]

2017 | “Creaturely Entanglement: Songs from a Younger Earth in Thoreau’s Walden,” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), Tempe, AZ.

2017 | “Birdsong and Henry David Thoreau’s Sonic Self,” National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY. [Invited Lecture]

2017 | “Emerson’s Thoreauvian Ear and the Music of the Spheres,” Thoreau Society Annual Gathering, Concord, MA. [Emerson Society Panel]

2017 | “Margaret Fuller’s Early Feminist Pragmatic Method,” American Literature Association (ALA), Boston, MA. [Margaret Fuller Society Panel]

2017 | “Teaching Consent in the Composition Classroom using Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew,” Northeast MLA, Baltimore, MD. [Roundtable]

2017 | “For the Love of Shame: Teaching Puritan New England with The Game of Thrones,” Northeast MLA, Baltimore, MD. [Seminar]

2016 | “Margaret Fuller and Kate Chopin’s Vibrational Epistemology,” English Program Friday Forum, GC-CUNY. [Co-Organizer, Panel]

2016 | “Counting Long Scales of Time: American Transcendentalism and Creative Attunement to Our Nonhuman Environment,” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), Atlanta, GA.

2016 | “The Dark Side of ‘Terrestrial Music’ in Henry David Thoreau’s Walden,” ICR: International Conference on Romanticism, Colorado Springs, CO.

2016 | “The Dark Side of Imagination,” Ecocriticism Seminar Series, GC-CUNY.

2016 | “Reading Silent Music in Emerson and Thoreau: Finding the Sonic Self in the American Wilderness,” Northeast MLA, Hartford, CT.

2016 | “Soundscapes in the Nonhuman Environment,” Ecocriticism Seminar Series, GC-CUNY.

2015 | “The ‘Mute Music’ in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Nature,” Naturally Emerson, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal.


2021-23     Executive Board and Chair of the Racial Justice Committee, Margaret Fuller Society
2021-23    Board of Directors and Chair of the Committee on Justice, Equity, and Belonging, The Thoreau Society
2020-23     Advisory Board and Media Committee, Ralph Waldo Emerson Society
2017-23     Website Developer and Editor, Margaret Fuller Society
2017-20     Executive Committee, Ph.D. Program in English, GC-CUNY
2019-20     English Student Association (ESA) Co-Chair, GC-CUNY
2017-19     Co-Chair, Ecocriticism Public Working Group, Center for the Humanities
2017-18     Co-Editor, Conversations, Margaret Fuller Society Newsletter
2017           Committee on Lectures, Hunter College-CUNY
2016-17     Website Developer, ESA Conference Committee
2015-17     Co-Founder, “Better to Speak,” an advocacy group for women adjuncts
2015-17     Librarian, ESA Library Committee
2015-16     Recruitment Committee, Ph.D. Program in English, GC-CUNY
2014-16     Graduate Student Mentor, English Student Association
2014-15     Organizer, 19th-Century American Reading Group, GC-CUNY
2014-15     Job Professionalization Committee, English Student Association
2007-08     Campus Director, Learning Enterprises, The George Washington University