Catherine Addington

PhD Student / Graduate Student Representative
New Cabell Hall 436
Office Hours:
By appointment only (on fellowship)


Ph.D. in Spanish with Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities, University of Virginia (expected 2021)

M.A. in Spanish, University of Virginia (2018)

B.A. in Latin American Studies, New York University (2015)

Research Interests

Religious exchange in colonial Spanish America, with a particular focus on the indigenous influence on Catholic identity

The making of saints, myths, and icons in both religious and secular contexts

Digital humanities, particularly remediation and textual scholarship


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  • Advanced Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 2020): fall 2018
  • Intensive Elementary Spanish (SPAN 1020): summer 2018
  • Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 2010): fall 2016–spring 2018, including action research into foreign-language composition

Workshops / Pedagogical Materials:

Selected Publications

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The Fashion of This World Passeth Away.” The Weekly Standard 23.47 (August 20/27, 2018).

Lessons from Valladolid: On Being Decent in an Indecent Age.” Mere Orthodoxy, June 11, 2018.

Catholic priests don’t wear suits to Mass. So why so many tuxedos at the Met Gala?” America: The Jesuit Review of Faith and Culture, May 11, 2018.

Cowboy, Engineer, Saint: On the Trail of St. José Brochero.” America: The Jesuit Review of Faith and Culture 218.4 (February 19, 2018).

“A Name Which No One Knows.” In Christ's Body, Christ's Wounds. Ed. Eve Tushnet. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2018.

Path of Duty: the tragic, holy obedience of Mother Cornelia Connelly.” America: The Jesuit Review of Faith and Culture 217.11. November 13, 2017.

Hypervisible Church.” First Things, July 27, 2016.

The Politics and Poetry of Copa América Centenario.” Unusual Efforts, June 2, 2016.

The Mythical Founding of Club Atlético Independiente.” Unusual Efforts, April 6, 2016.

Katharine Drexel: The American Missionary.” First Things, April 4, 2016.

Dios y los Diez: The Mythologization of Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi in Contemporary Argentina.” Esferas 4 (2015).


Dualism to Duodernidad: Using TEI to Reveal Histories of Missionary Translation in the Popol Wuj.” DH 2018: Bridges/Puentes. Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, México D.F., June 29, 2018.

“Naming Fray Francisco Ximénez’s Manuscript.” Inflammatory Objects: What We Keep and Why. Institute for Humanities and Global Cultures Public Humanities Lab, University of Virginia, April 18, 2018.

“<friarspeak>: Fray Francisco Ximénez as editor of the Popol Wuj.” Graduate Student Lecture Series, Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese, University of Virginia, October 27, 2017.

Grants & Awards

Praxis Program Fellowship, Scholars' Lab at the University of Virginia, 2018–2019

Charles Killian Wolcz Summer Fellowship, Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese, University of Virginia, summer 2017

New York University Department of Spanish and Portuguese Award, presented for excellence in an honors undergraduate thesis, awarded for “Dios y los Diez: The Mythologization of Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi in Contemporary Argentina,” May 2015

Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund Grant, New York University, summer 2014

New York University College of Arts and Sciences Presidential Honors Scholar, 2013–2015

Community Engagement

Graduate Student Representative, Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese, University of Virginia, 2018–2019

Guest Organizer and Speaker, “Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Nican Mopohua.” Holy Women in the Americas Lunch Seminar Series. St. Anselm Institute for Catholic Thought, University of Virginia. March 22, 2019.

Praxis Representative and Presenter, DH Methods & Collaborators Fair. Scholars' Lab, University of Virginia. February 1, 2019.

Grant Reviewer, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Student Council. University of Virginia. January 2019.

Organizer, Graduate Student Lecture Series and Welcome-Back Reception. University of Virginia. January 17, 2019.

Guest Organizer and Speaker, “Venerable Concepción Cabrera de Armida.” Holy Women in the Americas Lunch Seminar Series. St. Anselm Institute for Catholic Thought, University of Virginia. November 9, 2018.

Organizer, “Disciplines, Professions, and the Borders of Research: Roundtable for Graduate Students.” University of Virginia. October 16, 2018.

Organizer, “Crafting a Profile for a Liberal-Arts Job,” presentation by Prof. Daniel Hartnett (Kenyon College). University of Virginia. October 4, 2018.