Katherine Hite joined the Vassar faculty in 1997. She received her B.A. from Duke University and her Masters in International Affairs and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University. Prior to her arrival at Vassar, she served as the associate director of the Institute of Latin American and Iberian Studies of Columbia, where she also taught courses in Latin American studies and comparative politics. From 2008-12, Hite directed Vassar's Latin American and Latino/a Studies program.
Dr. Hite's recent work focuses on the politics of memory, as well as issues in higher education, access and equity. Her research has been supported by the Fulbright Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Ford Foundation.
Hite is the author of Política y arte de la conmemoración: Memoriales a la lucha política en American Latina y España (Ediciones Mandrágora, Santiago, Chile, 2013); Politics and the Art of Commemoration: Memorials to Struggle in Latin America and Spain (Routledge, 2012), and When the Romance Ended: Leaders of the Chilean Left, 1968-1998 (Columbia University Press, 2000). Most recently, Hite co-edited with Cath Collins and Alfredo Joignant the volume Política de la Memoria en Chile: de Pinochet a Bachelet (Editorial Universidad Diego Portales/Catalonia, Santiago, Chile, 2013); with Mark Ungar, Sustaining Human Rights in the Twenty-First Century: Strategies from Latin America (Johns Hopkins University Press and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, 2013), and with Cath Collins and Alfredo Joignant of The Politics of Memory in Chile: From Pinochet to Bachelet (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013). Hite also co-edited with Paola Cesarini the volume, Authoritarian Legacies and Democracy in Latin America and Southern Europe (University of Notre Dame Press, 2004), and she is co-editor of The New Politics of Inequality in Latin America: Rethinking Participation and Representation (Oxford University Press, 1997), as well as the author of several articles and book chapters of memory, memorials, and human rights.
Dr. Hite's teaching interests include Latin American politics, social movements, and the legacies of violence for governments and societies in transition around the globe.