Catherine Young

Lecturer, Princeton Writing Program
312 New South
Office Hours
Tuesday: 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am-10:00 am

Tuesday in person, Wednesday via zoom


Catherine M. Young studies the politics of representation in popular U.S. entertainments including vaudeville, circus, and musicals. She is particularly interested in how interspecies performances shaped modern racial categories and gender normativity in the early twentieth century. Her writing has appeared in Early Popular Visual Culture, Theatre Journal, and several edited collections. Dr. Young teaches the Captivating Animals Writing Seminar, was a 2023 FSI Online Teaching Fellow, and also co-developed the documentary theater course “Excavate/Illuminate” as part of a 2021 Princeton Humanities Council Magic Grant. Originally from Buffalo, Dr. Young lives in New York City with her family and elderly Chihuahua. She loves peach cobbler and her favorite animal is the Malayan tapir. Fun fact: as an AmeriCorps member, Dr. Young helped build an outhouse in Alaska.