about elizabeth

I’m a writer and public historian based in Staunton, Virginia. True story, my family brought cats to America from the old country and so my last name is pronounced just like the animal.

I’m the author of What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia and the forthcoming Pure America (Belt, October 2020). I write about history, politics, and culture and my work has appeared in the Guardian, Washington Post, Guernica, The Nation, McSweeney’s, In These Times, Boston Review, Gravy, and is reviewed in the New York Times, Bookforum, New York Review of Books, and the Lost Angeles Times.

I’m currently an editor-at-large for West Virginia University Press and the co-founder of Passel, an applied history firm. I have a PhD in public history and use my master’s degree in museum studies to curate a website dedicated to food eaten on King of the Hill called Pork Chop Night.

You can reach me at elizabeth.catte@gmail.com