Kathleen hails from an Air Force family and has lived in California, Florida, Texas, Japan, North Carolina, Arizona, Illinois, and New Mexico. She studied English and biology as an undergraduate and later left dissections behind to focus on American literature at the graduate level. Her research takes up the intersections between print culture studies and Native American literary history in fiction, Indian boarding school narratives, periodicals, and newspapers from the late nineteenth and early twentieth-centuries. Her research has been supported by the Newberry Library, the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, and the New Mexico Office of the State Historian, and she has taught a range of courses in Native American literature, American literature, literary analysis, and academic writing at the University of New Mexico, the Newberry Library, UCLA, and North Carolina State University.
In addition to poring over neglected texts in various archives, she enjoys contemporary novels, nature programs, and Indigenous films. She lives in California with another avid reader and a spirited dog, who prefers hiking to book-related activities.