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 is interested in civic engagement, in the way humans impact water resources, and how the arts are used to address political and 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. 

Notable projects include:

Via support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Prevention through Education and Outreach Program, her students collected marine debris on Connecticut shorelines and shared the results with the Connecticut General Assembly Environmental Committee. 

Through the ENACT (Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation) program of Brandeis’ International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life, her students seek to research and engage on policy in the Connecticut General Assembly. 

Through funding from the Stevens’ Initiative, her introductory American Government students collaborate with students from partner institutions in the Middle East to share (through comics and podcasts) about our political system.   

She has been granted a Fulbright Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award and will spend the spring semester of 2019 teaching and researching marine plastic pollution at the University of Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram, India.  

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