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Katherine McCanless Ruffin

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Katherine McCanless Ruffin is Book Studies and Book Arts Program Director at Wellesley College. She holds an A.B. in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College and an M.F.A. in the book arts from the University of Alabama. Katherine is currently a doctoral candidate in Library and Information Science at Simmons College. Her dissertation is titled "Carl Purington Rollins, the Bibliographical Press at Yale University, and the Origins of the Bibliographic Press Movement in America."

Katherine has published limited editions under her own imprint of Shinola Press since 1994. She has taught letterpress printing at the Center for Book Arts in New York City, Penland School of Crafts, and the Wells College Book Arts Summer Institute. Katherine also teaches the book arts in the Masters of Art Education Program at the Boston University College of Fine Arts. In February 2015, she completed a Mellon Creative Residency in the John B. Hurford '60 Center for Arts and Humanities at Haverford College.

She is currently a trustee of the American Printing History Association and a member of the editorial board of Openings: Studies in Book Art, the journal of the College Book Art Association.

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