Catherine Mambretti wrote “The Burden of the Ballot” while working toward her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. Her dissertation (1979) was the first critical edition of the poetry of Katherine Philips (1632-1664). After teaching at several universities, during the early years of the personal-computer industry she turned to high-tech education and has published widely in the field of educational technology. Beginning in the 1990s she turned to mystery fiction. Among her works (writing as C. C. Mambretti) are The Juror Hangs and Chalk Ghost (Light Pages, LLC). In May, 2013, her short story featuring the world's first female detective ("The Very Private Detectress") appeared in the Mystery Writers of America anthology, The Mystery Box. Snow Ghost, a Depression Era mystery, will appear in the fourth quarter of 2013.