About Elizabeth + Contact

Hi, I’m Elizabeth.

I’m a public historian and writer based in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. In accordance with an ancient curse, my last name is pronounced “cat.”

I’m the author of the  What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia, a critical look Hillbilly Elegy-fication of politics that uses radical history to challenge perceptions of the region as a hub of white, working-class woe. I’m currently co-editing 55 Strong: Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike, more about that and how to participate here.

My work has been featured in or on many outlets, including Belt Magazine, Rewire, Salon, All Things Considered, the Guardian, the Nation, the New Yorker, BookforumGuernica, On the Media, Literary Hub, Trillbilly Worker’s Party, Indivisible, This is Hell!, Dialogue by WUOT, Paste Magazine, the Daily Yonder, and AM Joy with Joy-Ann Reid on MSNBC.

If you’d like me to write for you or want to book a speaking engagement, please get in touch via elizabeth.catte@gmail.com. You’re welcome to just say hello, too.

I’m the Director of Passel, a socially-conscious historical consulting firm. What’s socially-conscious consulting? We offer pro-bono grant writing, research, and development assistance to community organizations, non-profits, and unions in Appalachia.

If traditional CVs are more your thing, feel free to take a look at mine. I have a PhD in public history with a dissertation on historical memory and reparations. I acquire work in Appalachian Studies and public history for West Virginia University Press.

I’m also the current co-chair of the rural outreach committee and a steering committee member for the Democratic Socialists of America Charlottesville chapter.

In my spare time, I like to take pictures, play vidja games, and curate a website dedicated to food featured on King of the Hill called Pork Chop Night.