B.A. University of California, San Diego
M.A. San Diego State University
Ph.D. University of California, San Diego
Professor Gowen’s favorite genre of writing to teach, to read, and to write is the essay. As much as he appreciates novels, encyclopedia entries, stories, user manuals, poems, newspaper and magazine articles, plays, and song lyrics, he is most intrigued by essays—especially those written by his students. His current research interest is place names—and placing names in a theory of language. Mostly, he is looking into California place names.