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Kate Kasten-Mutkus

Kate Kasten-Mutkus

Head, Humanities and Social Sciences
On leave until April 2022
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Liaison: ClassicsCultural Studies & Comparative Literature,
Dance, French Language & LiteratureGermanItalian
Italian American StudiesHispanic Languages & Literature,
LinguisticsRussian & Slavic Studies,
Asian American Studies, The Office of Veterans Affairs,
and the Honors College |
North Reading Room NS2-C | 
Melville Library | 631.632.7177 | @KateKastenSBU 

How can Kate help you?

Kate Kasten-Mutkus is Head of Humanities and Social Sciences at Stony Brook University Libraries.  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.  
Kate's research interests include the history of the material text, interdisciplinarity in the academic library, and readership studies.   


  • 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-Mutkus, K., Chase, D., & Costello, L. “Visualizing the digital humanities landscape: The Open Mic events at Stony Brook University Libraries.” Digital Humanities Quarterly (Special issue: “Invisible Work in the Digital Humanities”). Forthcoming.  


Saragossi, J., Costello, L., & Kasten, K., “Mobile applications in academic libraries.” Library Resources and Technical Services. Forthcoming October 2018.

Kasten, K. “Library as Forum: Building Relationships and Identity through Faculty Speaker Events.” New Review of Academic Librarianship. Forthcoming.

McGivney, C., Kasten, K., Haugh, D. and DeVito, J. A. (2017). “Fake news & information literacy: Designing information literacy to empower students.” Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Equality and Diversity (Call for rapid responses to Trump and Women’s March) 3(1): 1-17.

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


(Upcoming) “Ambivalent Lacunæ: Truth, Absence, and the Reconstruction of Narrative in the Third Franklin Expedition of the British Royal Navy, 1845-,” Modern Language Association Convention, 2019

(Upcoming) “Ephemeral Reality: Situating the Digital in Readership Studies,” Modern Language Association Convention, 2019

Scheinfeld, Laurel and Kathleen Kasten. “Welcoming Those Who Served: Library Outreach to Military and Veteran Students,” SUNY Librarians Association Conference, June 2018

Kasten, Kathleen, Jamie Saragossi, and Dana Haugh. “Open to Discussion: Speaker-centric Programming in the Academic Library,” SUNY Librarians Association Conference, June 2018

Saragossi, Jamie and Kathleen Kasten. “The Intellectual Landscape in the Library: Speaker Events as a Tool for Library Engagement,” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, April 2018

Kasten, Kathleen and Jamie Saragossi, “Academic Libraries, Interdisciplinarity, and Medical Humanities,” New York Library Association Conference, November 2017

Kasten, Kathleen, Laura Costello & Darren Chase, “Open Digital Humanities: Supporting the Digital Humanities through Open Mic Events and Open Access Resources,” SUNY Librarians Association Conference, June 2017

Martin, Heath and Kathleen Kasten, “GOBI Workflow and Selection at Stony Brook University Libraries,” SUNY Librarians Association Conference, June 2017

“Reading Libraries: Past Perspective Informs Future Practice in Humanities Libraries,” Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians, May 2017

Laura Costello, Jamie Saragossi & Kathleen Kasten. “Mobile Applications in Academic Libraries,” New York Library Association (NYLA) Conference, November 2016

“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

“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

"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

“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