Kate Hartmann works on Tibetan literature and intellectual history, focusing particularly on practices of reshaping vision. Her dissertation explores such practices, concentrating particularly on how language and landscape facilitate this goal in Tibetan pilgrimage literature. To do so, she analyzes three categories of pilgrimage literature: polemic texts from a centuries-long debate over the authenticity of a particular holy mountain and the value of pilgrimage in general, guidebooks written for pilgrims about the site's special features, and autobiographical accounts written by pilgrims. In each case, she asks how they approach the problem of training people to see the holy place's theoretically invisible wonders. She graduated with a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia and with an M.A. in the History of Religions from the University of Chicago Divinity School.