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Joana Owens

Dr. Joana Owens

Professor of Humanities

Literature, Language, and Culture

Email address  jowens1@ju.edu
Telephone number  (904) 256-7942
Office location  Council Bldg., 111


  • Ph.D., Florida State University
  • M.A., Florida State University
  • B.A., School of the Ozarks


I grew up on the Gulf coast of Florida and held full-time faculty positions at colleges in Kansas and Alabama before arriving at Jacksonville University in 2002. I teach courses that cover a range of topics relating to American and Western European humanities from the seventeenth century to the present. My research and teaching interests include film and the humanities and multiculturalism in American humanities. I have traveled abroad to a number of European countries and taught study abroad courses in England as well as a hybrid summer course ("Culture of New York") which culminated in a one-week trip to New York City with my students. I enjoy bringing these experiences back into my teaching, and I recently partnered with a colleague in the English department to develop a new six-credit Humanities and English summer study abroad program based in London (scheduled to launch summer 2019). I am always happy to meet with new students who may be interested in majoring or minoring in Humanities.


Dr. Joana Owens, Professor of Humanities, has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Interdisciplinary HumanitiesPostScript: Essays in Film and the Humanities, and Quarterly Review of Film and Video.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Humanities Education and Research Assocation (HERA).