Katherine Roeder specializes in the art and visual culture of the United States, with an emphasis on comic art of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is the Curatorial Fellow in American Art at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, where she curated Dewing's Poetic World (2020) and co-curated Whistler in Watercolor (2019). In 2014 she published Wide Awake in Slumberland: Fantasy, Mass Culture and Modernism in the Art of Winsor McCay with the University Press of Mississippi. She received her doctorate in art history from the University of Delaware. Her articles have appeared in American Art and The Comics Journal, and she contributed essays to A New Literary History of America and The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing is a Way of Thinking. She has previously worked as a research assistant at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and as an exhibitions assistant at the National Gallery of Art.