Abigail E. Owen

Special Faculty
Ph.D.: Columbia University, 2011
Department Member Since: 2016


My current projects both stem from my dissertation, Hidden Waters: Groundwater Histories of Iran and the Mediterranean. The first is a multi-author edited translation and commentary on al-Karaji’s 11th-century Arabic text, Treatise on the Extraction of Hidden Waters. The second project is a revision of the dissertation and its arguments, focusing on the perception of expert cultures of groundwater management, and implications for international development projects that focus on water and development. See a synopsis of the dissertation on the Dissertation Reviews website:

Courses Taught

The Politics of Water: Global Controversies, Past and Present

Contact Info

Department of History
Baker Hall 240-F
P: 412.268.2953
F: 412.268.1019