Catherine Woodiwiss

Austin, Texas

Catherine Woodiwiss

design · journalism · tech · religion


The Aesthetics of Joy

Joyful design has the ability to provoke the public conscience.
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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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Are Doomed Inventors Our Society's Icarus?

You have to feel for Segway's Dean Kamen, who probably gets tired of hearing about his own death.
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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 Day That Had Two Noons

As far as we know, the existentia of Nov. 18, 1883, was largely observed with pragmatism.
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'Carne y Arena' and the Borders of Empathy

The tagline is “virtually present, physically invisible.” But you feel seen—devastatingly seen—and utterly inconsequential.
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Eternity in the Fleshy, Beating Hearts of Men

The alien desert of the Southwest is a counter-imaginarium for embodied futurists.
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Things We Can't Unsee

If there is one confession a journalist never wants to make, it’s that she can’t handle the truth.
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Radical Refuge

II. "I got a target on my body, some body please protect me."
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Indentured Women's Forgotten Lives

Can the subaltern speak? Yes—but lingering vestiges of empire still limit what she can say.
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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