Dr. Warigia M. Bowman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service where she teaches Field Research Methods and Theory and Practice of Global Development. Previously, she served as Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of Mississippi and Visiting Assistant Professor at American University in Cairo, Egypt.
Bowman earned her doctorate from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where she was the Hauser Fellow for Nonprofit Management and the Oppenheimer Scholar for African Studies. Bowman holds two degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her master’s degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and her Juris Doctor from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. She holds an undergraduate degree in history from Columbia College of Columbia University in New York, where she was the Harry S. Truman Scholar for Public Service.
Bowman brings significant international experience to the Clinton School. She is currently working on a book manuscript about the role of the state in diffusing information technology in four different nations in East Africa: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda. In 2013, she served as an accredited elections observer for the Kenyan General Election. She has consulted for several African NGOs, including the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis, the African Technology Policy Studies Network, the New Economic Partnership for African Development, and the United Nations. Her articles have been published in The Journal of Modern African Studies, The Innovation Journal, and The William and Mary Policy Review.
From a domestic standpoint, Bowman also has an array of public sector experience at the federal, state, and local levels. Before becoming an academic, Bowman served as an honors trial attorney in the environmental division of the U.S. Department of Justice during the Clinton Administration and as a briefing attorney for the Texas Supreme Court. She currently serves as associate faculty at the UA Little Rock Institute for Race and Ethnicity. In addition, in 2016 she was named the Chair of the Arkansas State Advisory Committee for the United States Civil Rights Commission. She has been an invited lecturer at the University of Washington, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the National Intelligence University.