Katharine Dubois

Katharine Dubois

Lecturing Fellow of History

External Address: 
111 Carr Building, Box_ 90719, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 684-2307


A USA Today bestselling novelist of nineteen historical romances as Katharine Ashe, I now teach part-time at the university. My courses explore representations in popular culture of medieval religion and sexuality, as well as the history of popular romance fiction. As a full-time academic until 2007, my research interests included religious belief and practice in medieval Latin Christendom, especially penance, pilgrimage, penitential devotion, saints' cults, and relics. My dissertation, Strangers and Sojourners: Pilgrimage and Pilgrims in Late-Medieval Rome, traced the early history of the Roman Jubilee, a year-long celebration of penitential pilgrimage to the city's ancient shrines. I am particularly interested in medieval notions of charity, charitable institutions, and the understanding of spiritual community that bound the living and the dead.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 2001

  • B.A., Duke University 1989