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Amy Catania (She/Her/Hers)

Adjunct English Instructor and Adjunct Librarian

English and McCarthy Library


PhD in Comparative Literature with a Graduate Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

Master's in Library and Information Science

MA in Comparative Literature

BA in History

AS in Biology


Dr. Catania has been an adjunct librarian and adjunct English instructor since the Spring semester of 2020.  She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature with a Graduate Minor in Women's and Gender Studies and a Graduate Archival Certificate from Louisiana State University.  She also has a Master's in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, an MA in Comparative Literature from San Francisco State University, a BA in History with an emphasis on classical history and pre-colonial North African history from U.C. Berkeley, a teaching credential from the U.C. Davis/CSU Sacramento collaborative, and associates degrees in science from Solano Community College.  She has taught several English classes for NVC, as well as other colleges in the area, and has created several LibGuides for the NVC library among her other duties.  Her research interests include Romanticism, Medieval French and Spanish literature, postcolonial Caribbean literature, palimpsestic world literature, oral histories of indigenous peoples, and film adaptations of musicals.  

A graduate of the community college system herself, she is a firm believe that community colleges create and provide important opportunities for students.  She also understands the need to take time for oneself and create a work/life/family/school balance.  To that end, in her limited free time, she enjoys creative writing, reading, ballroom dancing, binge-watching new series, gardening, nature walks, and playing the piano.

Badges and Awards

Tutor of Distinction Award - Academic Center for Student Athletes - Louisiana State University (December 2015)

Alpha Nu Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa - Louisiana State University (November 2015)

High Honors awarded upon completion of B.A. History - University of California, Berkeley (May 2000)

Girl Scout Gold Award (equivalent to Boy Scout Eagle Award) (1996)


Re-conceptualizing Oral Culture Collections and Archival Practices