Catherine Karkov is professor of History of Art and head of the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. Her research centres on early medieval art, especially Anglo-Saxon art, and she has published two monographs, one on Anglo-Saxon art, and one on the relation between text and image in Anglo-Saxon literature. In the latter, whose focus is on MS Junius 11, she argues that a complete edition of the manuscript leaves out the many illustrations at its own peril; these illustrations occur at dramatic moments in the four poems and help elucidate the allegorical import of many passages.
- The Art of Anglo-Saxon England (Boydell, 2011) ISBN 978-1843836285
- Text and Picture in Anglo-Saxon England: Narrative Strategies in the Junius 11 Manuscript (Cambridge UP, 2001) ISBN 978-0521800693
- Cross and Cruciform in the Anglo-Saxon World: Studies to Honor the Memory of Timothy Reuter (Morgantown: West Virginia UP, 2010; with Sarah Keefer and Karen Jolly) ISBN 978-1933202501
- Poetry, Place and Gender: Studies in Medieval Culture in Honor of Helen Damico (Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Press, 2009) ISBN 978-1580441278
- Early Medieval Studies in Memory of Patrick Wormald (Farnham: Ashgate, 2009, with S. Baxter and J. Nelson) ISBN 978-0754663317
- Cross and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England (Morgantown: West Virginia UniUP, 2008, with Sarah Keefer and Karen Jolly) ISBN 978-1933202235
- Russom, Geoffrey (2003). "Rev. of Karkov, Text and Picture in Anglo-Saxon England". Speculum. 78 (2): 541–42. doi:10.1017/s0038713400169143. JSTOR 20060690.
- Ericksen, Janet Schrunk (2004). "Rev. of Karkov, Text and Picture in Anglo-Saxon England". The Journal of English and Germanic Philology. 103 (2): 258–61. JSTOR 27712420.
- Catherine Karkov's page at the University of Leeds