Katherine McKenna is a fifith year graduate student specializing in the history of early modern Europe with a focus on Italy. Her work concerns women as intellect and the history of the querelle des femmes in Venice. Katherine’s research explores the ways in which cultural, intellectual, and economic forces intersected with changing gender ideologies to enable women to recognize and challenge their collective marginalization under patriarchal society in sixteenth and seventeenth century Venice. Katherine won a Summer Research Award from Vanderbilt University to perform work on this project at the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in June 2015. Katherine was co-President of Vanderbilt’s Graduate History Association for the 2014-2015 academic year. She received her B.A. from Emory University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She studies with Professors William Caferro and Katherine Crawford.