Catherine "Kay" S. Fowler is an anthropologist whose work has focused on preserving the cultures of the native people of the Great Basin. She earned her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, and from 1964 to 2007 taught at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she is now Professor Emerita.
Fowler is a research associate for the Nevada State Museum and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History where she has participated in the Council for the Preservation of Anthropological Records, and she has served as president of the Society of Ethnobiology. In 1995 she was named Outstanding Researcher of the Year at the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2011, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.Fowler, Catherine S., and Joyce E. Bath. 1981. “Pyramid Lake Northern Paiute Fishing: The Ethnographic Record.” Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology, 3(2): 176–186.
Fowler, Catherine S., and Nancy Peterson Walter. 1985. Harvesting the Pandora Moth Larvae with Owens Valley Paiute. Journal of California and the Great Basin Anthropology 7(2): 155–165.
Fowler, Catherine S. and Lawrence E. Dawson. “Ethnographic Basketry,” In Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 11. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1986 ISBN 978-0-16-004581-3
Fowler, Catherine S. and Sven Liljeblad. “Northern Paiute,” In Handbook of North American Indians, Vol. 11. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1986. ISBN 978-0-16-004581-3
Fowler, Catherine S. (compiler and editor) Willard Z. Parks Ethnographic Notes on the Northern Paiute of Western Nevada 1933–1940. Anthropological Paper Number 114 Volume 1 1990. ISBN 978-0-87480-316-7.
Fowler, Catherine S. In the Shadow of Fox Peak: an ethnography of the Cattail-eater Northern Paiute people of Stillwater Marsh. Nevada: Nevada Humanities Committee, 2002, 1992. ISBN 978-1-890591-12-0.
Fowler, Catherine S. 1992. Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics in the Great Basin: Some Proposals for the 1990s. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology, 14(1): 13–21.
Fowler, Catherine S. and Don D. Fowler (eds.) The Great Basin: People and Place in Ancient Times. 2008. ISBN 978-1-930618-95-4 / ISBN 978-1-930618-96-1 (Winner of the 2009 New Mexico Book Award in the Anthropology/Archaeology/Science category)
Sven Liljeblad, Catherine S. Fowler, & Glenda Powell. 2012. The Northern Paiute-Bannock Dictionary, with an English-Northern Paiute-Bannock Finder List and a Northern Paiute-Bannock-English Finder List. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.