Rachel E. Bowen (J.D., Georgetown University, 2002; Ph.D., Georgetown University, 2007), Associate Professor, Mansfield campus, teaches on American and comparative politics, constitutional law, and gender and politics. She pursues research on the intersection of law and politics with a special focus on Latin America. Her research focuses on judicial independence and judicial activism, Central American politics, state responses to gendered crime in Latin America, and the relationship between violence and political participation. Her book, The Achilles Heel of Democracy: Judicial Autonomy and the Rule of Law in Central America was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. She has also authored an article in Political Research Quarterly and a chapter in the volume Globalizing Justice: Critical Perspectives on Transnational Norms and the Cross-Border Migration of Legal Norms. In addition, she has served as an expert witness on security conditions facing Central American child migrants.