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Kate Kasten

Kate Kasten

Head, Humanities and Social Sciences

Liaison:French Language & Literatures and
Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature |
North Reading Room NS2-C | 
Melville Library | 631.632.7177

How can Kate help you?

Kate Kasten is Head of Humanities and Social Sciences at Stony Brook University Libraries.  She is the liaison to the French & Francophone Studies program and the Russian Studies program.  Kate is involved in reference, instruction, and research support, and can help you with questions in the humanities and social sciences, or help you find another expert to continue your search.  She is also interested in interdisciplinary projects, and is always eager to find ways in which the Library can help foster this kind of collaboration.  
Kate's research interests include French cultural studies, the history of the material text, and reading practices in the humanities.  


  • PhD, MA, French, University of Pennsylvania
  • MLS, Queens College
  • BA, French and Spanish and minor in European history, Stony Brook University


  • Head of Humanities and Social Sciences, Stony Brook University Libraries, August 2015- present
  • Apprentice Librarian, Stony Brook University Libraries, April 2015- July 2015
  • Intern, Stony Brook University Libraries, January 2015- April 2015
  • Intern, The Morgan Library & Museum, September 2014- May 2015
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of French, Hofstra University, January 2013- December 2014

Selected Publications & Presentations 


Kasten, Kathleen. “Writing Life: Paper as Symbol and Commodity in the Letters of the Marquise de Sévigné.” Dalhousie French Studies. 107 (Fall 2015): 77-85.


“Writing Memory: The French Revolution and the Archives Nationales in Contemporary Texts,” Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC), April 2016

“(Un)happily Ever After: Beauty and Virtue in Catherine Durand Bédacier’s ‘La fée Lubantine,’” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention, March 2016

“eBooks for Research and Teaching,” Workshop, Stony Brook University Libraries, February 2016

“Reading Practices in the Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences: Implications for Selection, Collaboration, and the Liaison Relationship,” Stony Brook University Libraries Colloquium Series, December 2015

“Open Access and the Digital Humanities: Towards a New Humanism,” Poster session, Open Access Symposium, Stony Brook University, October 2015

“Materials and Materiality: Thoughts on Literary Research Sources,” Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, talk given to a graduate- level digital humanities course at the invitation of the instructor, November 2014

“Magic Mirrors and Reflected Realities: Mirrors, Technology, and Truth in the Comtesse d’Aulnoy’s L’Oiseau bleu and Catherine Durand Bédacier’s La fée Lubantine,” Presenter, Modern Language Association Convention, January 2014

“Les produits de luxe et l’histoire culturelle de la mode en France,” Nassau Community College Club Francophone, December 2013

"The Cult of the Fabulous: French Fashion in Translation in the Comtesse d'Aulnoy's Le Mouton," University of Pennsylvania French and Italian Graduate Student Association Conference: "Altered States," March 2012

Association Conference: “Altered States,” March 2012

“Reflections of Luxury: Mirrors and Mirror Imagery in the Letters of the Marquise de Sévigné,” University of British Columbia Medieval Studies Workshop,

“Specular Reflections,” March 2012

“Reader-less Letters: The Nature of Correspondence in Françoise de Graffigny’s Lettres d’une Péruvienne,” University of Pennsylvania Graduate Romanic Association Conference: “Correspondences,” March 2009