Katie Walden

Katie Walden
Research Interests: 
Digital Humanities, Public Humanities, Archives; Baseball and American popular culture; Race/Ethnicity and Gender; Sound Studies

Katherine Walden is a fifth-year PhD Candidate in American Studies and Sport Studies. While at the University of Iowa, she has earned an MA in American Studies-Sport Studies (2016) and an MA in Library and Information Science (2018), with a Certificate in Public Digital Humanities. After two years teaching a self-designed Rhetoric of Sport curriculum, she received an Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Iowa’s Council on Teaching and was nominated for the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools’ Excellence in Teaching Award.

Research Interests:

  • Digital Humanities, Digital Scholarship, Archives
  • Professional Baseball (race/ethnicity, gender, labor, globalization, community identity, sport fan communities)
  • Sound Studies (sport and music intersections, popular music and music tourism)

Her dissertation, “Remapping and Visualizing Baseball Labor: A Digital Humanities Project,” (projected completion May 2019) uses digital humanities approaches and tools to analyze how Minor League Baseball relates to and complicates Major League-dominated narratives around globalization and diversity in U.S. professional baseball labor. The project addresses how Minor League demographics and global dimensions have shifted over time, as well as how the timeline and movement of foreign-born players through the Minor Leagues differs from their U.S.-born counterparts. The project argues for the centrality and necessity of including Minor League data in studies of baseball’s labor and ideological significance or cultural meaning, drawing on data analysis, visualization, and mapping to address how Minor League labor complicates or supplements existing understandings of the relationship between U.S. professional baseball’s global reach and “national pastime” claims.

In May 2018, Katherine accepted a full-time position as a Digital Liberal Arts Specialist at Grinnell College. She has previously worked at the Iowa Women’s Archives, Library of Congress, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Her areas of expertise include data analysis and visualization, mapping and spatial analysis, digital pedagogy, and multimodal composition. She also specializes in data management, digital scholarship, and digital preservation. When not working on her digital humanities dissertation, she spends her spare time as an avid swimmer, baseball fan, and recovering classical pianist and violist.

She has an online presence at her personal website, Twitter, and LinkedIn.