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