Dr. Rowen received a J.D. from Berkeley School of Law in 2009, a Ph.D. from the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at Berkeley School of Law in 2012, and was a doctoral fellow at the American Bar Foundation in 2012-2013. Prior to her current position in legal studies at UMass, Dr. Rowen taught in the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on transitional justice, international criminal law, social movements, and international and comparative methods.
Dr. Rowen's forthcoming book with Cambridge University Press, Searching for Truth in the Transitional Justice Movement, focuses on efforts to make truth commissions in the Balkans, Colombia and the United States. Her work has been published in Law and Social Inquiry, Human Rights Quarterly, Journal of International Law and International Relations, Encyclopedia of Law and Behavioral Science, among other outlets. She is the recipient of the 2011 Law and Social Inquiry Best Graduate Student Paper award, Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor award and numerous fellowships, including a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. Over the past decade, Dr. Rowen has studied religion and post-conflict justice in Vietnam, developed life skills educational programs for orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa, studied refugee health in Morocco, and examined human rights protections in Latin America with the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights in Costa Rica.
Dr. Rowen's current research examines the confluence of domestic immigration and international criminal law within the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the experience of U.S. veterans in the criminal justice system.
Area of Study:
- Law and society
- Transitional Justice
- Legal Studies