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Kirsten Ogden

Personal Info

Read Dr. Ogden's Teaching Credo Here.

Review Dr. Ogden's ePortfolio Here.

Research Interests:

  • Creative/Writing Theory & Pedagogy and Hybrid Writing 
  • Composition studies
  • Indigenous and Native Drama
  • Cultural Theory and Performance studies, especially Critical Race Theory and Feminist Theory
  • American Literatures, especially African-American literature and multi-ethnic autobiography and solo-performance
  • California Literature
  • Early American Drama 


Kirsten Ogden grew up in Honolulu, Hawai'i and the San Francisco bay area, spending most summers of her life in Southeast Louisiana. This varied regional upbringing greatly informs her pedagogy, scholarship, and artistic endeavors.

Professor Ogden earned her AA from Skyline Community College, her BA from San Francisco State University, her MFA in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and her PhD in Theater History, Literature, and Dramatic Theory from Louisiana State University. She studied acting and improvisation at the American Conservatory Theater Academy, completed the 2-Year Screenwriting program at the Santa Monica Writer's Boot Camp with Jeff Gordon, and was recently certified by WASC after completing the 1-year Assessment Leadership Academy training. An Alumni of the Teach for America program, Dr. Ogden has had specialized coursework in Indigenous literature and performance, Feminist theory and Women's and Gender Studies, African American Literature and Critical Race theory, American Literature and Drama, Film studies, Creative/Writing pedagogy and Hybrid/Diverse Discourse writing theory.

Prior to her tenure at Pasadena City College, Prof. Ogden served as Writing Program Director at the University of La Verne where she oversaw the Composition and Creative Writing programs, developed a specialized BA program in Literature and Creative Writing and co-developed a major in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, edited the national literary journal Prism Review, and taught interdisciplinary courses in the Honors college, including Feminist Playwrights, Music Journalism, and The American Vernacular, which paired her love of Jazz and Blues with autobiography and literary non-fiction writing.

She is a 2-time judge of the Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Prize from the Georgia University Press, and she is an occasional blogger for Kenyon Review Online. Her honors include being named a Kenyon Review Peter Taylor Poetry Fellow and a poet laureate of Gambier, Ohio, where she spends every summer teaching in the Young Writers program at Kenyon College. Her hobbies include Book Arts, Bikram Yoga, and, of course, writing!


Recent Courses:

In addition to teaching the regular composition sequence, Dr. Ogden has taught all courses in the Creative Writing program sequence and will be the new faculty editor of Inscape Magazine in Fall 2016. 

  • English 54 California Literature

  • English 30B American Literature

  • English 57 Modern Drama

  • English 61 Introduction to the Novel

  • STACC: Stretch Accelerated Composition Cohort


Selected Online Publications


Selected Conference Presentations & Print Publications

New American Identities in Bouccicault's "The Octoroon." Mid-American Theater Conference, Kansas City.

The Power of the Journal in the Theater Classroom. 24th Mid-America Theatre Conference, Chicago, March 2004.

Writer Fight Club. The International Humanities Conference. January 2008. Honolulu, Hawaii. Co-presentation with Samantha Simpson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 

Writer Fight Club. Bridging Literacy Scholars Anthology. Spring 2009, Christopher Gordon Publishers. Editor: Susan Wood, National Writing Project.  Co-written with Samantha Simpson.

Pedagogy Papers. The Mid-America Theatre Conference, Chicago, 2006. Editor.

The Best Defense is a Strong Offense: Means of Control in 'Night Mother, Masterpieces, and How I Learned to Drive. Comparative Drama Conference. Ohio, 2003.

Forbidden Love in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore & Romeo and Juliet. LSU Women's and Gender Studies Conference. Baton Rouge, 2003.

Examining Effective Pedagogy in the University: Translating the Power of Theater to the Survey Course Student. Mid-America Theatre Conference, 2003.

Revisioning History Through Memory: Larry Kramer & The AIDS Epidemic. EGSA 13th Annual Mardis Gras Conference, Louisiana State University. 2003.