Catherine Addington

Catherine Addington

PhD Student
New Cabell Hall 436
Office Hours:
Summer Session III: Mon–Thu 12:30–1:30pm or by appointment


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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Intensive Elementary Spanish (SPAN 1020): summer 2018

Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 2010): fall 2016–spring 2018, including action research into foreign-language composition

Selected Publications

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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 Magazine, May 11, 2018.

Cowboy, Engineer, Saint: On the Trail of St. José Brochero.” America Magazine, February 19, 2018.

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

The life of Catholic foundress Cornelia Connelly was ruled by men. Was her obedience to them holy?” America Magazine, October 27, 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.

Writing in Public (on Purpose): aka how to grow up on the Internet and reverse-engineer something professional out of it.” Guest lecture for WRIT 100: Writing in Public, Washington & Lee University, April 2, 2018. Funded by the Scholars' Lab and DH@W&L.

“<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

Current Positions

Instructor, SPAN 1020-001

Graduate Makerspace Technologist, Scholars' Lab

Webmaster, Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese, University of Virginia

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