Cynthia Grant Bowman joined the Cornell Law School Faculty in 2007, where she teaches Torts, Family Law and Feminist Jurisprudence.
She received a B.A. with honors from Swarthmore College and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. Before entering law school, she taught political science and spent a year at the University of Chicago as a National Endowment for the Humanities postdoctoral fellow in the history and philosophy of the social sciences. She received a J.D. with honors from Northwestern University School of Law in 1982, after which she clerked for Judge Richard D. Cudahy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and was an associate at Jenner & Block in Chicago for five years. She was a Professor of Law and of Gender Studies at Northwestern University before coming to Cornell.
She has published widely in diverse areas having to do with law and women, such as women in the legal profession, sexual harassment, and legal remedies for adult survivors of childhood sex abuse. She oversaw an exchange relationship between Northwestern Law School and the University of Ghana for five years, at the end of which she published a casebook on Women and Law in Subsaharan Africa, co-authored by Akua Kuenyehia.