Bowern received her PhD from Harvard University in 2004 for her research on the historical morphology of complex verb constructions in non-Pama-Nyungan languages. In 2007, the NSF/NEH awarded her a grant to study Bardi texts from the 1920s.
She is the author of a well-respected and widely used linguistics field methods textbook (Bowern 2008).
- (2014) Bowern, Claire and Bethwyn Evans (eds). Routledge Handbook of Historical Linguistics. Basingstoke: Routledge.
- (2012) Bowern, Claire. A Grammar of Bardi. Mouton de Gruyter.
- (2011) Bowern, Claire. Sivisa Titan: Sketch Grammar, Texts, Vocabulary Based on Material Collected by P. Josef Meier and Po Minis. University of Hawaii Press.
- (2010) Bowern, Claire and Terry Crowley. An Introduction to Historical Linguistics. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press. Fourth edition.
- (2008) Bowern, Claire. Linguistic Fieldwork: A practical guide. Palgrave. (Online Materials) (2nd Edition 2015)
- (2004) Bowern, Claire and Harold Koch (eds). Australian Languages: Classification and the Comparative Method. Benjamins
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- Rogers, Chris; Campbell, Lyle (2008). "Review of Linguistic Fieldwork: A Practical Guide". Anthropological Linguistics. 50 (3/4): 393–397. JSTOR 20639012.
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- LSA Member spotlight: http://www.linguisticsociety.org/content/lsa-member-spotlight/Sep14
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