Patricia Gowaty received her B.A. in biology at Tulane University and her PhD in zoology at Clemson University in 1980. Gowaty is known for her many articles about human and animal behavior and evolution. She is author and editor of a book that seeks to combine feminist theory and Darwinian evolutionary biology. She has also written about the effects of and importance of rape in understanding human evolution. Her recent research has focused on the concept of reproductive compensation in population genetics.