case western reserve university

Women's & Gender Studies


Thinking critically and creatively by employing gender as a primary category of analysis

Michelle McGowan

Research specializations: Gendered aspects of reproductive and genetic technologies, women's health, and feminist approaches to bioethics.

Michelle L. McGowan is an Assistant Professor of Bioethics and a member of the Women's and Gender Studies Program Faculty at Case Western Reserve University. Within the Women's and Gender Studies Program Dr. McGowan teaches Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies and a short-term study abroad course comparing women's health issues and policies in the United States and the Netherlands.

"My interest in the academic field of Women's and Gender Studies began when I enrolled in an Introduction to Feminisms course as an undergraduate at Boston College. I was hooked after just one class! This course, coupled with my volunteer work with a homeless shelter for women and my strong interest in the politics of reproductive health, put me on a path to major in Sociology and minor in Women's Studies at Boston College. I was so taken with the field that I subsequently pursued a PhD in Women's Studies at University of Washington, and my research today engages feminist epistemologies, methodologies and topics pertaining to women's engagement with biomedicine. Women's and Gender Studies has had a transformative impact on my personal and professional life."

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