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Karen McGovern PhD

Karen McGovern, PhD

Associate Professor, English

Technology Center, Room 8304


Karen McGovern, PhD, has been a full-time faculty member since joining the College in 1993. Hired as a multicultural literature specialist, Dr. McGovern has developed new courses in Modern Latin American Literature and US Latino Literature. She also has a wealth of experience team-teaching and developing other interdisciplinary courses, including Women, Men, Sex and Power with Professor Jacobs; Families in Five Cultures with Professors Brown and Padilla; and a course in Pluralism and Diversity in America with Professor Delfini.

Over a 20-year period, Dr. McGovern has contributed to curriculum development at RCC by incorporating in her courses writers from post-colonial and developing countries such as India, Kenya and Nigeria. Dr. McGovern was granted a fellowship to complete her PhD at the University of Albany, SUNY. She successfully defended her doctoral degree in 2005; the title of her dissertation is "Counterhegemonic Narratives: Rereading Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Latina Literary Anthologies of the 1980s-1990s."


  • BA British and American Literature, Georgian Court College, 1988
  • MA English and Textual Studies, Syracuse University, 1990
  • PhD Latin American, Caribbean and US Latino Studies, University at Albany, SUNY, 2005


  • Award for RCC full-time faculty member who best served students with developmental needs, 1994
  • Professional Seminars/Research Grants
  • "Globalizing Regional Studies," Community Colleges Humanities Association/American Historical Association (CCHA/AHA), Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 1999
  • “Center and Periphery in New Spain: Latin American Literatures and Cultures,” National Endowment for the Humanities/Community Colleges Humanities Association (NEH/CCHA) Summer Institute, University of California-San Diego, 1995

Professional Accomplishments

  • Latin American Studies Association (LASA), since 2005
  • Community College Humanities Association (CCHA), since 1999

Publications (Selected)

  • "Women's Stories in Occupied Lands: Mexican-American and Palestinian Identity," (revised/updated), PHOEBE, special edition on Latina identity, academic journal of SUNY Oswego, 2001
  • "Women's Stories in Occupied Lands:  Mexican-American and Palestinian Identity," Community College Humanities Review, Vol. 20, No. 2, 1999
  • Book review published in Spanish based on the text, "Claribel Alegria and Central American Literature in the Journal Hispamerica,” 1997



  • “The Open Veins of Latin America,” RCC CETL, Hispanic Heritage Month, 2013
  • “Counterhegemonic Narratives: Rereading Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Latina Literary Anthologies of the 1980s-1990s,” overview of doctoral research and conclusions, 2010



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