Carolyn Ownbey, Assistant Professor, Chair, and Degrees+ Faculty Director

Carolyn Ownbey, PhD

Assistant Professor

Chair of English, Communications, & Literature

Faculty Director, Degrees+ Programs


Dr. Carolyn Ownbey is Assistant Professor and Chair of English, Communications, and Literature at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She is also Faculty Director of the GGU | Degrees+ Programs. Her scholarship and teaching focus on anticolonial literature and other media; law, human rights and narrative; and theories of democracy and citizenship. Her current book in progress is an interdisciplinary project focused on questions of law, human and civil rights, nation, and state in several modes of political resistance writing since 1945.

She has essays published in Law & Literature, Textual Practice, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, and Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, among others, as well as in a number of edited volumes such as *In the Crossfire of History: Women’s War Resistance Discourse in the Global South* (2022, Rutgers UP). She recently co-edited Global South Studies’ inaugural Book Forum, on Monica Popescu’s *At Penpoint: African Literatures, Postcolonial Studies, and the Cold War,* with Dr. Kerry Bystrom (Bard College Berlin). She is co-editor of the forthcoming edited collection *Pandemic Play: Community in Performance, Gaming, and the Arts* (Palgrave) with Dr. Catherine Quirk (Edge Hill University).