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Dana M. Olwan

Dana M. Olwan

Assistant Professor,
Women's & Gender Studies

311 Sims Hall


Dana Olwan began her BA degree English Literature at Yarmouk Univeristy in Jordan. She completed her BA at La Roche College and her MA at Georgetown University. In 2009, Dana received her Ph.D. in English Literature from Queen’s University. In 2011, she was the Future Minority Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at the Women’s and Gender Studies Department of Syracuse University where she began studying on honor killings and the transnational politics of gendered and sexual violence. She has served as the Ruth Wynn Woodward Junior Chair in Women, Sexuality, and Gender Studies at Simon Fraser University. She has taught at the Arab Open University, Queen’s University, and Simon Fraser University. Dana’s writings on the honour crime, indigenous solidarities, Palestinian and Muslim cultural and literary resistance, and Muslim feminisms appear or are forthcoming in the Canadian Journal of Sociology (2013), The Journal of Settler Colonial Studies, Muslim Women, Transnational Feminism and the Ethics of Pedagogy: Contested Imaginaries in post-9/11 Cultural Practice (edited by Jasmin Zine and Lisa Taylor; 2014), and The Feminist Wire.

Research and Teaching Interests

Transnational Feminist Theories of race, gender and religion; Gendered and Sexual Violence and the Honor Crime; Representations of Arab and Muslim women; Muslim Feminisms; Middle East Studies, Settler Colonialism, and Indigenous and Feminist Solidarities


WGS 101 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

WGS 201 Transnational Feminist Studies (Spring 2014)

WGS 301 Feminist Inquiries (Fall 2013)

WGS 400/600 Gender, Sexuality, and Islam

WGS 791 Practices of Transnational Feminism


Together with Professor Dorit Naaman from Queen’s University, Dana is engaged in an international and multiplatform digital project that studies a genealogy of a West Jerusalem neighborhood called Katamon. Traces of the complex histories of Katamon can be found throughout the city but are repeatedly made invisible through past and ongoing histories of occupation, gentrification, and resettlement. By engaging former Palestinian residents, the project uses digital technologies and memory collection platforms to enunciate the complex histories of this neighborhood. Katamon in Color is funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.