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Louise Cowan, Ph.D.

louise cowanUniversity Professor
Location: Augustine Hall 101
Office Phone: 972-721-4016


Southern Literature
Russian Literature


B.A. Texas Christian University
M.A. Texas Christian University
Ph.D. Vanderbilt University

Recent Courses

The Renaissance World
Southern Literature
The Russian Novel
Lyric Poetry

Research Interests

Dr. Louise S. Cowan has devoted her professional life to the study and teaching of literature and to the creation of institutions of liberal education. In 1991, President George Bush bestowed upon Dr. Cowan the nation's highest award for achievement in the humanities, the Charles Frankel Prize.

Dr. Cowan's dedication to the University of Dallas resides at the heart of her long career in education. Beginning in 1959, she and her husband Dr. Donald Cowan, worked to transform a diocesan college of modest ambitions into one of the most prestigious Catholic universities in the nation. As chair of the English Department and later as dean of the Braniff Graduate School, she devised a curriculum, with literature at its center and classic texts as its primary content, that is still in place today and acclaimed for its advancement of learning in the tradition of liberal education.

Throughout the years, her wide-ranging literary interests have included Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, Faulkner, Caroline Gordon, and many other writers both ancient and modern. Dr. Cowan has written or edited several books and is the author of numerous articles on literature and culture. She is the recipient of many awards and honors in Dallas and throughout the nation for her contributions to education and her excellence in teaching, most recently as a Laura Bush honoree in October, 2001, for the establishment of The Teachers Institute at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.


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