Catherine Siemann

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Catherine Siemann has her Ph.D. in 19th century British literature from Columbia University as well as a J.D. from New York University. She teaches in the Humanities core at Cooper Union, as well as at John Jay College, CUNY and at Yeshiva University. Her scholarly interests include Victorian literature, neo-Victorian popular culture, and the intersection of law and literature, and she has been published in Law & Literature, Nineteenth Century Gender Studies, and NeoVictorian Studies, as well as a number of edited collections.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.