Catherine Spencer is an art historian and writer based at the University of St Andrews. Her book Beyond the Happening: Performance Art and the Politics of Communication was published by Manchester University Press in 2020. In 2021 she co-curated the exhibition Life Support: Forms of Care in Art and Activism at Glasgow Women’s Library. Her essays have appeared in Art History, Art Journal, ARTMargins, Tate Papers, Parallax and Oxford Art Journal, and her art criticism in Artforum, Art Monthly, Burlington Contemporary, Burlington Magazine and MAP Magazine.