University of Mississippi

Deirdre Cooper Owens

19th century U.S.,
Antebellum Slavery, Medicine, Women’s History

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 10-12
Bishop 307

Deirdre Cooper Owens is an Assistant Professor of History who specializes in 19th century U.S. history with a particular focus on slavery, medicine, and immigration. Professor Cooper Owens’ dissertation examined the medical experiences of enslaved and Irish-immigrant women and how slavery and immigration impacted the growth of modern American gynecology. She is currently working on a book based on her dissertation. She joined the faculty of the Department of History in Fall 2009. Cooper Owens teaches courses that focus on early U.S. History, American slavery, gender, and American medicine. Before coming to The University of Mississippi, she completed a Carter G. Woodson Postdoctoral Fellowship in African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia (2008 – 2009). Professor Cooper Owens received her Ph.D. in United States History and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received UCLA’s Mary Wollstonecraft Dissertation Award given to a project that focused on women or gender using historical materials and methods.