New Honors Faculty


ISS 2937 Domestic, Factory, and Sex Work: Feminist Perspectives on Globalization

By focusing on the roles that domestic workers, factory workers, and sex workers play within the global economy, this course engages feminist debates about the ethics of globalization, the challenges of transnational activism, and the potential complicities of U.S. citizens in maintaining global structures of inequality.

This course fulfills FSU’s Liberal Studies E-Series, Social Sciences, Cross-Cultural Studies (X) and Ethics requirements.

HUM 2937 Radical Visions of Freedom: Imagining Queer and Black Liberation

This course explores how U.S. intellectuals, artists, and activists have responded to the devaluation of black and queer lives by creating radical visions of freedom that call into question the foundations of our social, economic, and legal institutions.

This course fulfills FSU’s Liberal Studies E-Series, Humanities and Cultural Practice, Diversity in Western Experience (Y) and Scholarship in Practice requirements.

Christina D. Owens received her PhD in Cultural Studies at the University of California, Davis, where she also completed a Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory & Research. Professor Owens is from rural South Carolina and is coming to FSU after teaching interdisciplinary courses in American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in California, Ohio, and New York. Her research explores the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality in expatriate communities, especially within contemporary Japan. She also has published articles about transnational pedagogy and her scholarship has appeared in Transformations, American Quarterly, and American Studies. Professor Owens enjoys collecting vintage fashion, engaging the arts, and traveling the world.


HUM 2937 Religion and Freedom: Liberal, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives

By addressing issues such as free speech, sexual mores and identity, and compulsory military service, this course examines the ways that religious norms and practices across the globe sometimes come into conflict with the norms of liberal democracy.

This course fulfills FSU’s Liberal Studies E-Series, Ethics, and Cross-Cultural Studies (X) requirements.

HUM 2937Liberty and Oppression: Race, Religion, and Politics in America

From justifications for slavery, to abolitionism, to the civil rights and black power movements, to the issues of today, religion has played an important role in race and politics in America. This course explores the ways that appeals to religious concepts and identities have influenced those politics.

This course fulfills FSU’s Liberal Studies Humanities and Cultural Practice, Diversity in Western Experience (Y), Ethics and Scholarship in Practice requirements.

Ross Moret received his Ph.D. from Florida State’s Department of Religion where he studied in the Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy program. Professor Moret’s teaching and research interests focus on Christian and Muslim political ethics, and he is particularly invested in understanding the ways that social science can contribute to our understanding of how norms are developed, maintained, and challenged in group life. His work on politics, religion, and ethics has appeared in The Journal of Religion and Society and Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal. He grew up in South Dakota, but before coming to FSU Professor Moret earned graduate degrees from Florida Atlantic University, Valparaiso University, and Princeton Theological Seminary. When he isn’t teaching or doing research, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, coaching baseball, traveling, or seeing a good movie.


ISS 2937 Social (In)Equalities

This course explores the structures and institutions of social inequality along the intersectional axes of class, race, and gender/sexuality by focusing on how these categories are socially constructed, maintained, and experienced.

This course fulfills FSU’s Liberal Studies E-Series, Social Sciences, and Cross-Cultural Studies (X) requirements.

ISS 2937 Utopias/Dystopias: An Homage to ‘Social Dreaming

As models of a perfect society or fictional contemplations of bleak futures, utopias and dystopias shed light on our present condition. This course examines utopian thinking and differing perspectives on state-society relations and the question of individual freedom within society through various materials such as political manifestos, movies, novels or poems.

This course fulfills FSU’s Liberal Studies E-Series, Humanities and Cultural Practice, and Scholarship in Practice requirements.

Azat Z. Gündoğan received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Binghamton University. Professor Gündoğan’s teaching and research interests revolve around questions of the social production of space and place and the spatiality of civil society and state relations. His research is based in Istanbul’s satellite cities where he worked on urban renewal projects and community struggles in low income neighborhoods. Professor Gündoğan grew up in Turkey where he received his BA and MA degrees in political science, public administration, and international relations. He is a comic book geek and an avid volleyball player. He also likes baking bread with his 4-year-old daughter.

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