Outstanding Faculty Award - Katharine Owens
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Katharine Owens

Katharine Owens, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Politics, Economics, and International Studies

Director of All-University Curriculum


Katharine Owens is a teacher, researcher, and artist.

She teaches courses on American politics, research methods, public policy, and environmental policy including marine debris and sustainable food systems.

Owens researches the way policy is implemented and the impact it has in the world. Past projects have measured the effect of campus sustainability initiatives, evaluated how people make decisions about wetland resources, and examined collaboration of stakeholders in sustainability projects abroad. Currently, she studies the impact of active teaching methods on student learning, including experiential, community-based, and arts-based learning. Owens is also fascinated by the way we use visual media to express political ideas. In this vein, she researches how we express political culture through editorial cartoons and how societies use art for political protest.

She produces visual art on democracy, pollution, species extinction, and climate change.

In January 2017, she became the director of the All-University Curriculum, the University’s program for interdisciplinary general education.