Focusing on the intersection of domestic politics and the global economy, Owen’s research examines how political processes resolve the conflict between the economic winners and losers of globalization. Examining labor markets and how globalization affects the economic well being of the public, her goal is to call attention to the importance of the role of labor as a political actor.


Teaching and Research Areas

Owen’s research focuses on these key areas:

  • International political economy
  • Politics of trade
  • Multinational firms and workers
  • Research methods


Select Publications and Funded Research

  • "Why Do Democracies Attract More of Less Foreign Direct Investment? A Meta-Regression Analysis," with Quan Li and Austin Mitchell. International Studies Quarterly 62(3): 494-504, 2018.
  • "Occupation and the Political Economy of Trade: Job Routineness, Offshorability, and Protectionist Sentiment," with Noel Johnston, International Organization, 2017.
  • “The Political Power of Organized Labor and the Politics of Foreign Direct Investment in Developed Democracies.” Comparative Political Studies 48(13): 1746-1780, 2015.


Consultancies and Public Services

  • Section chair, “International Politics: Global Issues, IPE, and Human Rights,” Southern Political Science Association Meeting, 2019
  • Co-organizer, “Politics of Foreign Direct Investment Conference” at Princeton University, 2011