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Rachel S. Kowal

Rachel S. Kowal

Joined Stern 1987

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 7-93
New York, NY 10012

E-mail rkowal@stern.nyu.edu
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Rachel Kowal is a Clinical Professor of Business Law at the Stern School of Business, New York University. Professor Kowal teaches courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs including Law, Business and Society; Business and Its Publics; Professional Responsibility and Leadership; Business Law for Managers; and Stern International Volunteers Ghana. She joined the faculty of the Stern School in 1988.

Professor Kowal is Deputy Director of the Business and Society Program at the Stern School overseeing all graduate and undergraduate courses that fall within Stern's "social impact" core. Other administrative positions held by Professor Kowal include Associate Director of the Markets, Ethics and Law Program; Director of the Citi Program in Leadership and Ethics; and, Associate Director of the Daniel P. Paduano Faculty Research Symposium in Business Ethics.

Professor Kowal has also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Undergraduate College, Stern School of Business. She is the recipient of the Ely Kushel Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Citibank Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service to the Stern School of Business.

Professor Kowal is an attorney who earned her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is a member of the New York Bar and the Connecticut Bar. As an attorney, she practiced tax and bankruptcy law with the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Attorney's Office. Her B.A. is in history from Cornell University.

Research Interests

  • Business ethics
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Law, business & society
  • Leadership

Courses Taught

  • Business & Its Publics
  • Business Law for Managers
  • Law, Business & Society
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Responsibility & Leadership

Academic Background

J.D., 1981

B.A., History, 1977

Areas of Expertise


  • Business Ethics
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Law & Business