Kate Rossmanith is an academic and a nonfiction writer. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree and a PhD from the University of Sydney.
Kate's background is in Performance Studies, which combines theatre and anthropology, and investigates how we perform ourselves in everyday life. This has laid the grounding for her current research in socio-legal studies that explores people's presentations of remorse in the criminal justice system. Using an ethnographic fieldwork approach, she is investigating how judges and the parole board evaluate offenders' remorse, and how offenders enact contrition.
In 2006 she was one of five emerging nonfiction writers selected to participate in master-classes for 12 months with award-winning author, Drusilla Modjeska. Kate's literary nonfiction essays on subjects including the work of judges, life on parole, stem cell technologies, germ theory, cliff accidents and crocodile country, have appeared in The Monthly. In 2007 her essay 'Many Me' was selected for inclusion in Best Australian Essays. In 2013 her essay 'The Work of Judges' was nominated for a Walkley Award.