Dr. Rowen's research focuses on law and society, transitional justice, international criminal law, social movements, and international and comparative methods.Her research is centered on the use of law to redress mass atrocity and aid vulnerable groups. Dr. Rowen's current projects examine the confluence of domestic immigration and international criminal law within the Department of Homeland Security, as well as purpose and practice of Veterans Treatment Courts. These specialized courts connect qualifying veterans in the criminal justice system with social services. Her work examining the creation and implementation of Veterans Treatment Courts is currently supported by a National Science Foundation CAREER Award.
Dr. Rowen's book, Searching for Truth in the Transitional Justice Movement (Cambridge University Press 2017), focuses on the emergence of transitional justice as an idea in international and domestic scholarship, policy making, and advocacy. In the book, she examines efforts to make truth commissions in the Balkans, Colombia, and the United States. Her scholarship on the production and implementation of transitional justice and international criminal law has been published in Law and Social Inquiry, International Journal of Transitional Justice, Law and Policy, Human Rights Quarterly, Journal of International Law and International Relations, Encyclopedia of Law and Behavioral Science, among other outlets.
Over the past decades, Dr. Rowen has studied religion and post-conflict justice in Vietnam, developed life skills educational programs for orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa and the Balkans, studied refugee health in Morocco, and examined human rights protections in Latin America with the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights in Costa Rica. She 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.
Dr. Rowen's interdisciplinary training enables her to work with graduate students in Public Law, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and other fields where the topics concern her substantive knowledge of topics such as social movements, legal advocacy, criminal justice reform, and international development. She provides research assistantships and professional development opportunities to both graduate and undergraduate students interested in developing their skills in qualitative methodologies and their knowledge of law-related topics.
Area of Study:
- Public law
- Law and Society
- Legal Studies