Katherine M. Ruffin

Book Arts Program Director, Wellesley College

 Katherine M. Ruffin

Research Interests: The art and history of the book, book arts education & pedagogy, and book studies within the liberal arts curriculum

Katherine McCanless Ruffin is Book Arts Program Director at Wellesley College, and has been teaching the art and history of the book in the Wellesley College Library since 2000. In her teaching, Katherine incorporates letterpress printing, bookbinding, and hand papermaking with various aspects of the liberal arts. Her research interests include book arts pedagogy, book studies within the liberal arts, and historical methods of book production.

She has taught at the Bow and Arrow Press at Harvard College, the Center for Book Arts, Penland School of Crafts, the San Francisco Center for the Book, and the Wells Book Arts Summer Institute. Katherine has worked as a letterpress printer at Firefly Press in Boston. She has published fine press limited editions under her imprint of Shinola Press since 1994.

Katherine serves on the advisory board for the MFA in the Book Arts Program at the University of Alabama. She is a member of the board of the Fine Press Book Association and is a trustee of the American Printing History Association.

Katherine holds an MFA in the Book Arts from the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama, and an AB in Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College.