Katharine A. Owens, PhD
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Katharine A. Owens, PhD

Associate Professor

Politics, Economics, and International Studies Department
All University Curriculum - Director

Hillyer Hall 126H


Personal Website

PhD   University of Twente   |   MS   College of Charleston  |   BA   College of Charleston

Professor Owens’ work focuses on the examination of public and environmental policy. She is particularly interested in the way humans impact water resources and how the arts are used to address political and the environmental problems.

She works with students on a variety of service- and applied-learning projects to address real-world challenges.  In many courses, her students tackle complex economic, public, and environmental policy problems. 

Past collaborative student projects include sustainability cost-benefit analyses, participating in the iOMe Challenge, campus surveying on environmental issues, service learning at the Watkinson School gardens, a campus greenhouse gas assessment, and service-learning with a variety of policy organizations.

Katharine Owens regularly involves students in data collection and research—her students have traveled multiple times to India and Kenya to work with the UHart Engineers without Borders faculty-student teams on sustainable agriculture and water access projects. In addition, she has worked with students on research in wetlands, fracking, and climate change in the United States. These collaborations frequently lead to publications co-authored by students.

Katharine Owens is also a printmaker whose work has been shown in galleries and museums around the country. 


Katharine Owens selected by the City of Hartford for thinking "Outside the Box." The Outside the Box program, organized by the City of Hartford, was designed to discourage graffiti while creating a new space for the public to engage with art within the city. Read More