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Kathryn D Temple

Professor and the Director of the MA in Engaged & Public Humanities, Georgetown University

Kathryn Temple, J.D., Ph.D., is a professor of law and humanities, and former chair of the Department of English at Georgetown University where she has taught since 1994. Her most recent book, Loving Justice: Legal Emotions in William Blackstone’s England (NYU Press, 2019), examines how affect undergirds our understanding of Anglo-American legal institutions. The recipient of NEH, ACLS, Mellon and ARC fellowships, she has published essays in such venues as Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Eighteenth-Century Theory and Interpretation and Law, Culture and the Humanities. In recent years she has developed a number of initiatives meant to reinvent the humanities as the principal investigator for the Mellon-funded grant, Connected Academics at Georgetown. She is the founding Director of Georgetown’s new Master’s degree in Engaged & Public Humanities.


  • –present
    Professor and the Director of the MA in Engaged and Public Humanities, Georgetown University


  • 1994 
    University of Virginia/Emory U School of Law, Ph.D./English JD/Law


NEH, Mellon, ACLS, ARC grants