About

Dr. Carolyn Ownbey (she/her) is Assistant Professor & Chair of English, Communications, & Literature at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, & Faculty Director of the GGU | Outlier.org Degrees+ programs.

Her work focuses on anticolonial literature and other media, law, human rights and narrative, and theories of democracy and citizenship. 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 a roundtable for Global South Studies with Dr. Kerry Bystrom (Bard College Berlin) on the subject of Monica Popescu’s At Penpoint: African Literatures, Postcolonial Studies, and the Cold War (Duke UP, 2020). 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.