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Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Rachel BowenAssistant Professor
Political Science
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B.A., Simon’s Rock College of Bard (1998)
M.A., Political Science, Georgetown University (2001)
J.D., Georgetown University (2002)
Ph.D., Government, Georgetown University (2007)

Rachel Bowen is assistant professor of political science on the Mansfield Campus of The Ohio State University. She teaches on American and comparative politics, constitutional law, and gender and politics. She pursues research on the intersection of law and politics with a special focus on Latin America.

As a comparative judicial politics scholar, Bowen has written extensively on judicial independence and judicial activism, Central American politics, and judicial networks. Her first book, The Achilles Heel of Democracy: Judicial Autonomy and the Rule of Law, is in contract with from Cambridge University Press. She has also published "Judicial Autonomy in Central America: A Typological Argument" in Political Research Quarterly (2013), as well as a chapter in the volume Globalizing Justice: Critical Perspectives on Transnational Norms and the Cross-Border Migration of Legal Norms (SUNY Press, 2011).

Bowen's new research turns to the politics and policing of violence against women in Central America. This work seeks to locate women’s right to a life free from violence within discussions of public security and debates over crime and policing, where it is often overlooked. For this research, she has interviewed activists and government officials in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador.

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Mershon Project
The Impact of Organized Crime on Judicial Independence in Latin America (2010-11)
Gender-Based Violence and Public Security in Latin America (2014-15)