A Renaissance scholar with an interest in media history and adaptation, Katherine Rowe was described by The New York Times as one of “a small vanguard of digitally adept scholars ... rethinking how knowledge is understood and judged” in a story about her work as the guest editor of a special issue of the journal Shakespeare Quarterly that experimented with open scholarly review. She is Associate Editor of the Cambridge World Shakespeare Online, an international resource being developed by Cambridge University Press and the University of Southern California with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. With former colleagues at Haverford and Swarthmore, she is a founder of the Tri-Co Digital Humanities initiative. She has written several books and numerous articles on Renaissance drama, Shakespeare adaptation, and media change.
In 2014, Rowe was appointed Provost and Dean of Faculty at Smith College.