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Faculty Profiles

Katherine Platt

  • Associate Professor
Academic Division: History & Society


Dr. Platt has taught at Boston University, Harvard University, and Wellesley College. Her regional specialty is North Africa and the Middle East with a particular focus on labor migration, ritual, and local identity in Tunisia. Her current research concerns transnational migrant and refugee populations.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London
  • BA, University of Minnesota

Academic Interest / Expertise

Cultural Anthropology; Middle East and North Africa; Migrations; Religion; Ritual and Symbolism

Awards & Honors

  • 2000 — Babson College Phornprapha Term Chair,
  • 1987 — Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University
  • 1974 — Post-Graduate Studentship, London School of Economics
  • 1971 — Honors Division Scholarship, University of Minnesota


  • Degree Courses 2021

  • Degree Courses 2020



Journal Articles

  • Platt, K.H. (2010). The Spirituality of Work and the Work of Spirituality: Women Agriculturalists in Rural Tunisia in Women’s Everyday Religion . Stockholm Studies in Comparative Religion. Issue: 35. Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis.

Conference Proceedings

  • Platt, K.H. (in press). Memory and Forgetting: the Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Bridging Divides, Crossing Borders, Community Building. ACTC Publications.


  • “Removal and Reparation in the American Memorial Landscape” Platt, K. 14th International Conference on the Arts in Society, Lisbon, Portugal, June 2019, Lisbon, Portugal, June 2019 (2019)
  • Memory and Forgetting: the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as a Core Text Platt, K. Association for Core Texts and Courses 23rd Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas (2017)
  • Cyber Communities and the Tunisian Diaspora with Special Reference to “the Arab Spring." Platt, K. 4th Annual Converence on Mediterranean Studies, (2011)
  • The Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Bear Butte: Sacred Destinations in the American Landscape Platt, K. Pinard, M. Pilgrimage Today, Turku, Finland (2009)
  • Uplift and Erosion: The Nature of bear Butte Ever Made and Remade Pinard, M. Platt, K. The Donner Institutue 20th Conference, Turku, Finland (2009)
  • Home Place and the Cyber Diaspora Platt, K. The Mediterranean and its Seas, University of Minnesota (2008)
  • Religion on the Borders Platt, K. New Challenges in the Academic Study of Religion, Stockholm, Sweden (2007)
  • Guests Become Hosts: Diaspora Organizations Reoriented Platt, K. British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Annual Conference, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England (2006)
  • Going on Record: Ritual Performance as Autobiographical Action Platt, K. Fifth International Auto/Biography Conference, Mainz, Germany (2006)
  • Making the Familiar Strange and the Strange Familiar: an Ethnographic Core Text: Number Our Days by Barbara Myerhoff Platt, K. Association for Core Texts and Courses 12th Annual Conference, Chicago (2006)
  • Spiritual Autobiography by Contemporary Muslim Women Platt, K. American Culture and Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Associations, Albuquerque (2006)
  • Self-Reflection and Autobiography: Contemporary Muslim Women Situating the Self Platt, K. Undisclosed, Vancouver B.C (2005)
  • The Kerkennah Islands, 25 Years Later Platt, K. Undisclosed, Paris (2003)
  • Female in the Field: Ethnographic Research in the Middle East and North Africa Platt, K. Undisclosed, London (2003)