Cat Warren

Cat Warren, an associate professor at North Carolina State University, has taught science journalism, editing, media theory, and gender studies there since 1995.


In her first career as a newspaper reporter, she covered crime, poverty, the environment, and politics at newspapers across the United States. She won numerous state and regional press association awards for that work, starting in 1985 through 2004. Her investigative reporting ran nationally, on subjects as disparate as stories on former Secretary of the Interior James Watts’s efforts to exploit Native American oil reserves in Wyoming to homophobic teenagers preying on gay men in Connecticut. She was on the special projects desk at the Hartford Courant when she decided to take a break from newspapers to substitute-teach an editing class at a university in Oregon. She fell in love with teaching. Instead of returning to newspapers, she went back to school in her mid-thirties to get her doctorate.


Cat has kept her hand in magazine and newspaper writing and editing. She worked at University of Illinois Press while finishing her doctorate and was the editor of a national higher-education magazine, Academe, for three years. She has published academic articles and edited two academic books. She has also taught courses at University of Portland, Stanford University, and Duke University.


Cat was born in Oregon, where her father taught her to fly-fish, to collect snakes in the summer and release them in the fall to hibernate, and to identify the trees and plants of the Pacific Northwest. Once she got a couple decades of rootlessness out of her system, she settled in North Carolina, where she now lives in Durham with her husband, David Auerbach, a baker of bread and a professor of philosophy, their two German shepherds, Solo and Coda, and two prolific beehives.


What the Dog Knows is her first book.


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What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World (Touchstone, March 2015)