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 forthcoming 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.

My work has been featured in or on Belt Magazine, Rewire, Salon, 100 Days in Appalachia, On the Media, Literary Hub, Trillbilly Worker’s Party, Indivisible, This is Hell!, Dialogue by WUOT, Paste Magazine, 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.

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’m also the current co-chair of the rural outreach committee 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.

For media inquiries related to What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia such as advance review copies or press packets, please contact Michelle Blankenship.