Katherine McCanless Ruffin

Katherine McCanless Ruffin

Katherine M. Ruffin is the Director of the Book Studies Program and a Lecturer in Art 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 University.

Katherine’s research interests include the history of printing, bibliography, and libraries. 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 University. She also teaches book arts in 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. The School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama hosted a solo exhibition of Katherine’s work in 2016. 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 a member of the advisory boards for the Program in the History of the Book in American Culture at the American Antiquarian Society and the Bookbinding Program at North Bennet Street School.

Courses Offered