Kerry is a historian of graphic illustration and print culture, with an emphasis on 19th and early 20th century art.


Prior to joining MICA she was a guest curator and Luce curatorial fellow in American Art at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, where she curated Freer’s Global Network (2022), Dewing's Poetic World (2020), and co-curated Whistler in Watercolor (2019). Her book, Wide Awake in Slumberland: Fantasy, Mass Culture and Modernism in the Art of Winsor McCay (University Press of Mississippi, 2014) was nominated for an Eisner Award. 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 previously taught at George Mason University, George Washington University and the Corcoran College of Art, and held fellowships at the National Portrait Gallery and the Library of Congress. 

Katherine (Kerry) Roeder received her PhD in Art History from the University of Delaware; her MA in Art History from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her BA in English Literature and Art History from Trinity College.