Communication Studies, African American Studies, Gender Studies
Susan Owen’s scholarly interests center on the influence of American mass-mediated culture in structuring public consciousness, moral sensibilities, and social conduct. This includes the manner in which the texts of popular culture sustain or transform social construction of gender and gendered relationships, and public consciousness of race and race relations. Owen has written numerous journal articles and book chapters on representations of gender, race, and sexuality in American mass-mediated culture. Owen is co-author of Bad Girls: Culture Politics and Media Representations of Transgressive Women. The book examines how film and television portray women and their intergenerational tensions as they cope in the workplace and at home. She is working on a book project tentatively titled Race Violence, Resistance, and Remembrance: Traumas of American Memory, with Peter Ehrenhaus. Owen teaches courses on Film Culture, Film Criticism, and Television Criticism.
B.A., M.A., University of Alabama, 1976, 1978; Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1989