Sarah Owens

Professor of Spanish, Director of First Year Experience

Address: JC Long 115
Phone: 843.953.7186
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Sarah E. Owens is Professor of Spanish in the Department of Hispanic Studies, affiliate professor of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Director of First Year Experience at the College of Charleston.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and she specializes in the writings of colonial and early modern Spanish nuns. Her research has taken her to the archives of Mexico, Spain, Chile, Peru, and the Vatican. In 2009 she published an award-winning edition of a Spanish nun’s travel account called Journey of Five Capuchin Nuns. Her second book, Women of the Iberian Atlantic (2012), won the award for best Collaborative Project from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. Her newest book, Nuns Navigating the Spanish Empire (University of New Mexico Press, 2017), was supported by a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a sabbatical from the College of Charleston. It tells the remarkable story of a group of Spanish nuns who traveled from Spain – via Mexico – to the Philippines in order to establish the first female Franciscan convent in the Far East (1621).

Her teaching interests include women writers of Latin America – from the colonial period to present day. She has taught several courses in the Masters of Education program and the Honors program, and often teaches Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Dr. Owens is passionate about study abroad and has led College of Charleston students to Spain, Chile, and Cuba.


University of Arizona

Courses Taught

Intro to Hispanic Literature, Latin American Civ and Culture, Colonial Latin American Literature, and Women Writers of Latin America