The Ohio State University at Mansfield


Rachel Bowen

Dr. Bowen teaches about American, global, and comparative politics; constitutional law; and gender and politics. Her research focuses on the intersection of law and politics with a special focus on Latin America. That intersection includes judicial independence and judicial activism, Central American politics, state responses to gendered crime in Latin America, and the relationship between violence and political participation.

Her first book, The Achilles Heel of Democracy: Judicial Autonomy and the Rule of Law in Central America, was published in 2017. In that volume,she argued for the need to incorporate pressure from unofficial actors such as criminals, nongovernmental organizations, or economic elites into our understandings of judicial politics and the rule of law.She is currently preparing a second book manuscript with the preliminary title Fighting Feminicide, Engendering Citizenship. This manuscript compares the scope and impact of feminist anti-violence activism in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

She doesn't only write books. A little piece she wrote about impeachment got a lot of attention in 2017 and was republished in 2019. She has also written about how she believes we should take Central American political developments more seriously and anti-corruption efforts in Guatemala. She has also served as an expert witness on security conditions facing Central American child migrants and been interviewed on local and national radio.