Kate Polak Ethics in the Gutter cover

Kate Polak

Kate Polak is a scholar, writer, and artist whose work focuses on genocide, feminist approaches, digital humanities, and comics. Her book, Ethics in the Gutter: Empathy and Historical Fiction in Comics (Ohio State University Press), was nominated for an Eisner Award.

Her scholarship has recently appeared in Diegesis and Leaves. Her public scholarship has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Hooded Utilitarian. Her creative writing, including poetry and comics, have appeared in Plainsongs, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and elsewhere. She is currently developing a graphic novel, a collected edition on the intersection between historical fiction and science fiction (co-edited with her husband, Dr. Ian MacDonald), and a monograph on the effect of new technology on Holocaust remembrance.

Kate earned her PhD in contemporary global Anglophone literatures in 2013 at University of Cincinnati, where she also studied creative writing, earning an MA in poetry in 2007. She is an Instructor and Research Associate in the English Department at Florida Atlantic University, where she teaches writing and literature, focusing on contemporary women's writing, the representation of violence, and digital humanities.