Department ofHistory

Katherine Godfrey

Katherine Godfrey

108 Weaver Building

University Park, PA 16802


PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, History, 2022
Diplomado en Lengua Muysca (Certificate in Indigenous Muysca Language), Instituto Caro y Cuervo, Bogotá, Colombia, 2020
MLA, University of South Florida - St. Petersburg, Florida Studies, 2016
BA, University of North Florida, History, 2013
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Katherine Godfrey is a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department of History. She earned her PhD from Penn State University in fall 2022. Her research focuses on interactions between Indigenous peoples and European empires in the Americas, with specific expertise in Northern South America and the New Kingdom of Granada (present-day Colombia). Her book manuscript, tentatively titled Matrilineal Routes: Indigenous Kinship Networks, Gender, and Mobility in Early Modern Colombia, explores the relationship between kinship, gender, and mobility in the early modern world and their impact on ethnogenesis, trade, and institutions such as the encomienda and land tenure. She has extensive paleography and archival experience.


“House of Trade: Mestizo Children, Merchant Networks, and Sixteenth-Century Empire Building in Early Modern Colombia,” Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies 28, no. 3 (2022): 403-420.
DOI: 10.1080/14701847.2022.2140955

Awards and Services:

2019     Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, Colombia & Spain (July 2021 – June 2022)

2019     The Doucet Scholarship, The Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (January – March 2020)

2019     Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Graduate Student Fellowship, Newberry Institute for Research and Education (fall 2019)

2018     Mark and Lucy M. Stitzer Program Support Endowment in History, The Pennsylvania State University

2017     Latin American Studies Research and Travel Award, The Pennsylvania State University

2017     Mark and Lucy M. Stitzer Seed Grant, The Pennsylvania State University

2016     Graduate Scholar Award, The Pennsylvania State University

2014     The Hope and Bob Black Scholar, University of South Florida – St. Petersburg

Recent Courses:

HIST 425: History of the Incas 
HIST 211/AFAM 211: Slavery and Freedom in the Black Atlantic 
HIST 10: World History to 1500