Professor of Law
- JD, 1995, Stanford University
- BA, 1991, University of California, Berkeley
Areas of Expertise
Professor McGowan teaches and writes in the areas of employment discrimination, constitutional law, and race and gender identity. She is currently researching and writing on the nature of group identity and its relationship to constitutional protection from discrimination, on claims by originalists that a constitutional prohibition on sex discrimination is consistent with the original meaning of the 14th Amendment, and on how a more accurate understanding of the similarities between men and women should guide legal doctrine and public policy.
McGowan clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1995 to 1996. She practiced employment discrimination law and complex litigation as an associate at the law firm of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin until she joined the University of Minnesota Law School in 1998. McGowan joined the USD School of Law faculty in 2005.
Honors and Affiliations
McGowan received her BA in Political Science, magna cum laude, from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991, where she was awarded the departmental citation for graduating first in her department. She graduated with distinction from Stanford University Law School in 1995, where she was an articles editor for the Stanford Law Review.
McGowan's publications include Obamacare's Day in Court: What Kind of Conservatism Will Win? San Diego Union-Tribune (March 28, 2012); “Can Citizenship Reinvigorate the Fight for Gender Equality?” in 28 Constitutional Commentary (2012); and “Do As I Say, Not as I Do: An Empirical investigation of Justice Scalia's Ordinary Meaning Methodology for Interpreting Statutes” in 78 Mississippi Law Journal 1301 (2008).