Christina Owens, Ph.D.

Honors Faculty-Dr. Christina Owens Headshot

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 (at UC Davis, Miami University, and Vassar College). Her expertise lies in transnational feminist cultural studies, especially the subfields of transnational American Studies, Japanese cultural studies, transpacific relations, media studies, and feminist theory. Specifically, her research explores how the cultural politics of race, class, gender, and sexuality shape lived experiences of contemporary U.S.-Japan relations. Articles based on her fieldwork with U.S. migrants living in Japan have been published in the journals American Studies and New Global Studies. She has also published peer-reviewed articles about pedagogical concerns within American Studies classrooms. Outside of work, you will find Professor Owens enjoying (post-)punk shows at music venues around Tallahassee, shopping at Railroad Square, and walking her papi-huahua Chibi at local parks.

America Abroad - IDH 3113
This course explores histories of U.S. presence abroad – from military and diplomatic interventions to tourist and expatriate experiences – by analyzing a variety of cultural texts, e.g. films, journalism, political cartoons, theater, and television, etc.

Feminism and Globalization - IDH 3403
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.

Radical Visions of Freedom - IDH 3108
This interdisciplinary humanities course explores how U.S. intellectuals, artists, and activists have created radical visions of freedom for LGBTQI+ and African American liberation.

Youth Subcultures - IDH 3402
This interdisciplinary social science course examines how youth subcultures are embedded within their particular sociohistorical contexts, indexing not only intergenerational difference but also changing race, gender, sexuality, and class relations.