SHORT BIO︎︎︎Frances Cathryn is a writer and editor who combines archival research, media theory, and social design to recontextualize American cultural narratives.


For a copy of her current CV, PDFs of papers or talks, or for questions and collaborations, email Frances or follow her on social media. If you are interested in mentoring or editorial advice, please reach out.

email: frances.wip@gmail.com
instagram: @francescathryn
pronouns: she/her/hers

AREAS OF RESEARCH︎︎︎Collective memory and public history, digital humanities, media theory and criticism, United States colonialism, Indigenous knowledge systems and research methods, American society and culture, history of museums

EDUCATION︎︎︎M.A. (English), University of Virginia
B.A. (literature and liberal studies), University of Wisconsin–Madison

ABOUT︎︎︎Frances writes cultural criticism on topics ranging from the myth of American exceptionalism to marginalized historical landscapes for such publications as Frieze, the Los Angeles Review of Books, ARTnews, the Brooklyn Rail, and Social Text journal. She has presented her work at the Yale School of Art, MASS MoCA, NYU ITP, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, among others.

In 2021–22, Frances is part of New Inc. at the New Museum, working in the Future Memory track. She currently manages editorial projects at Forge Project, a Native-led arts and education initiative working to upend political and social systems formed through generations of settler colonialism.

Frances is originally from southern Wisconsin on Hoocągra land, and is currently based in Kingston, New York, the unceded lands of the Lenapeyok and the Muhheconneok peoples.