Catherine is a Swiss historian of contemporary and modern history and specialist of gender studies. After studies in Switzerland, Germany and the USA, she received her MA in 1974 and in 1981 her
PhD with distinction. After working on different research projects, she has been teaching first as a senior lecturer and then as a professor for contemporary history at the University of
For twelve years she was board member of the Swiss Society of History and organized as Head of the section “Congresses“ different symposia. For eight years she was member of the board of the
doctoral school on gender at the Universities of Berne and Fribourg.
Her many publications cover women and gender history, church history, as well as methodology. In 2001 she published together with her student Daniela Deck the History of BPW Switzerland. In 2013,
she was nominated an independent expert for the Gender Studies Program by the Conference of Presidents of Swiss Universities. During several years she was involved in the reform of Bachelor and
Master Study Programs at the University of Fribourg.