Katherine McCanless Ruffin

Katherine McCanless Ruffin

Katherine M. Ruffin is the Book Studies and Book Arts Program Director at Wellesley College. She holds an A.B. in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College, an M.F.A. in the book arts from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in library and information science from Simmons College. Her dissertation was titled “Carl Purington Rollins and the Bibliographical Press at Yale University.” In 2017, she gave the Hofer Lecture at Harvard University’s Houghton Library: “Books as Portals: Reading and Responding to Historical Collections in the 21st Century.”

Katherine teaches the history of the book at the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, and book arts in the Printmaking Department and the Masters of Art Education Program at the Boston University College of Fine Arts. She 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.

She is currently the Vice President for Publications for the American Printing History Association and a member of the advisory board for the North Bennet Street School.

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