Gowa's interests include international relations, international political economy, and the relationship between democracies and international disputes. She is the author of Closing the Gold Window: Domestic Politics and the End of Bretton Woods; Allies, Adversaries, and International Trade and Ballots and Bullets: The Elusive Democratic Peace, as well as numerous articles on political economy, trade and monetary policy, and democracy and disputes. Gowa's current research analyzes, among other things, the effects of the European Union on global trade. She is a member of the editorial boards of World Politics and International Organization and is a trustee of Tufts University. She has been a recipient of grants from the MacArthur Foundation and the National Science Foundation. PhD, Princeton.