Ianna Hawkins Owen is an Assistant Professor of English at Williams College and previously a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English at UC Berkeley. She earned her PhD in African Diaspora Studies at the UC Berkeley with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality.  Her areas of interest include African diaspora theory, asexuality, failure and freedom. Her book manuscript is titled, Ordinary Failures

She earned her BA in Africana Studies from CUNY Hunter College. While at Hunter, Ianna organized with a Freirean activist group called All City and worked for the Audre Lorde Project