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Kate Livie

Humanities faculty, Chesapeake Semester

Kate Livie is the humanities faculty with Chesapeake Semester at the College’s Center for Environment & Society. Passionate about the Chesapeake’s history, culture, places, and people, she is an avid historian and commentator on Bay-related topics.


Livie’s work can be read in regional publications from Wooden Boat to Chesapeake Bay Journal. Her book, Chesapeake Oysters: the Bay’s Foundation and Future, was published by History Press in 2015.


Over the last 7 years, Livie has collaborated extensively with Washington College, the Chesapeake Semester program and the Center for Environment and Society. She has also consulted for the Smithsonian’s Museums on Main Street initiative, and currently serves on the board of the Historical Society of Kent County.


A proud Chestertown native, Livie resides in her hometown with her husband, Ben-also a Washington College staffer- and enjoys spending her time nerding out over the best place in the world: the Eastern Shore.