Paul A. Gowder

Professor of Law


Paul Gowder joined the Northwestern Law faculty in 2020. His research focuses on the rule of law, democratic theory, social and racial equality, institutional and organizational governance, and the law of technology, as well as the technology of law. He has taught a variety of classes including constitutional law, torts, critical race theory, professional responsibility, and introductory programming and statistics for law students. In his practice days, he was a civil rights and legal aid lawyer. In those contexts, he represented victims of police misconduct (once winning a rare qualified immunity reversal from the Fourth Circuit), predatory lending, employment discrimination, unlawful eviction, domestic violence, and numerous other injustices.

Areas of Expertise

  • Technology Law
  • Political, Moral, and Legal Philosophy
  • Constitutional Law

Selected Publications

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  • BA, California State University
  • JD, Harvard University
  • PhD, Political Science, Stanford University

Prior Appointments

  • Professor of Law, 2017-2020, University of Iowa
  • Associate Professor of Law, 2012-2017, University of Iowa
  • Visiting Professor of Law, Fall, 2019, Boston University
  • Member, 2014-2015, Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science

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