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Kate Greder, Ph.D.

Assistant Teaching Professor of Media Arts, Design and Technology


Dr. Kate Greder is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Media Arts, Design and Technology with a focus in soft construction and fibers.

Kate has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Cruz where she was student in Oakes College. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design from Iowa State University and a PhD from Cornell University in Fiber Science and Apparel Design. Kate has worked at museums and cultural institutions throughout the U.S., including The Smithsonian Institution, University Museums at Iowa State, and Cornell University.

Kate’s research investigates the use of clothing as a store of cultural and economic capital in digital, luxury secondary markets. Her research utilizes the luxury industry principally to explore the impact of technology on the political economy of the fashion system. Her research in critical luxury studies, economics and fashion studies elucidates the complex network of value constructions that influence the movement of clothing in global fashion markets. Prior to entering academia, Kate worked in the book publishing industry in New York.


B.A. Philosophy University of California, Santa Cruz

M.S. Apparel, Merchandising and Design Iowa State University

Ph.D. Fiber Science and Apparel Design Cornell University

Area(s) of Expertise

Design fundamentals, design history and theory, textiles, and fashion studies