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Catherine Woodiwiss

Austin, Texas

Catherine Woodiwiss

design · journalism · tech · religion

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Design and the Pursuit of Justice

Shaping our democracy around the experiences of the most marginalized is a practical way to design.
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Can Museums Build Empathy for Survivors of War?

“It seems as if Americans have signed onto a pact of forgetting: a collective effort to expunge all memory of the war in Afghanistan.”
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A Religious Leader for the Resisterhood

An Evangelical Texan is now using her pulpit to fight Trumpism. Will her flock follow?
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Brave New Technology. Same Old Fears.

These days, Americans don’t need a formative youth in post-soviet Romania to be uneasy about omnipresent surveillance.
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The Era of White Anxiety Is Just Beginning

Ask those involved in justice work where they find hope for the future of America, and they will likely point to demographics: Racial minorities are on track to outnumber non-Hispanic whites in America for the first time by 2042. Especially in left-leaning circles, the assumption is that a more diverse country will mean a more welcoming one — and, indeed, one more friendly to progressive policies and ideals.
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About

Catherine Woodiwiss

I'm a journalist in Austin, Texas, and designing at Austin Center for Design. Previously, I was deputy online editor for Sojourners in Washington, DC. My work focuses on culture, tech, and religion.

My work was featured in The New York Times and has recently appeared in The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, The Washington Post, ThinkProgress, and Books & Culture.

My favorite posture is ethnographer, tracing the evolutions of ideas and rituals through time and place.

Previously, I co-founded Trestles, a service design consultancy for creative economies in DC and Raleigh/Durham, and co-launched Homestage, a DIY house show network in DC.

In 2014, I spoke on collaborative solutions and "Do It Together" design models at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

A collection of my reporting on sexual abuse in Christian communities, "I Believe You: Sexual Violence and the Church," was published the same year (avail on Amazon).

Interaction Design, AC4D, 2018-present

Featured Columnist, Sojourners Magazine, 2016-present

Award, Science for Religion Reporters, AAAS/DoSER, 2016

Fellow, International Reporting Project, Johns Hopkins (Technology + Religion), 2015

Award of Excellence, Editorial or Opinion, ACP 2015

Award of Mention, Book (Nonfiction), ACP 2015

Fellow, Radio/Film, Media Institute for Social Change

Member, Religion Newswriters Association