Warigia Bowman, JD

Warigia Bowman, JD
Assistant Professor of Law
College of Law
918-631-2450 College of Law Room 227


PhD – JFK School of Government, Harvard University MA – LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin JD – School of Law, University of Texas at Austin BA – Columbia College, Columbia University


Warigia M. Bowman teaches water law, natural resources law, and administrative law at the University of Tulsa College of Law. She was a Harry S. Truman Scholar at Columbia College, the Barbara Jordan Scholar at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and the Oppenheimer Scholar for African Studies as well as the Hauser Scholar for Nonprofit organizations at the Kennedy School, where she earned her doctorate. An honors graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Bowman clerked for Justice Jack Hightower of the Texas Supreme Court, and served as an Honors Trial Attorney in the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the US Department of Justice under Attorney General Janet Reno. Bowman has extensive law and policy experience in local, state and federal government, as well as in the non-profit sector. Before coming to the University of Tulsa College of Law, Bowman has published widely on telecommunications and regulatory issues in Africa and has consulted for the Kenyan Government, USAID, the United Nations, and the US State Department. She taught at the American University in Cairo, Egypt during the Revolution of 2011, as well as at the University of Mississippi and the University of Arkansas. Bowman has also served as a certified international observer of the Kenyan elections twice, in 2013 and 2017. She led the State Advisory Committee to the US Civil Rights Commission in the State of Arkansas. Her work is multidisciplinary, and is informed by the fields of history, law, science and technology studies, as well as political science. She is interested in energy, water, infrastructure, regulation, elections, and telecommunications, both in the Southwestern United States, and in Africa.

Teaching Interests

Administrative Law
Water Law


Book Chapters

  • Imagining A Modern Rwanda: Socio-technical Imaginaries, Information Technology and the Post-genocide state, in Socio-Technical Imaginaries

  • Information Technology in Kenya’s 2013 General Election, in Kenya’s 2013 Elections: Perspectives for Democratic Practice

  • An African Perspective on the IT Revolution, in A Planet for Life

  • Warigia Bowman, Technology and Governance, in Political and Civic Leadership (2010).

  • Warigia Bowman & Tim Waema, Forging A New Path: The Role of the Kenya ICT Federation, in At the Crossroads: ICT Policymaking in East Africa (2005).

  • Forging A New Path: The Role of the Kenya ICT Federation, , in At the Crossroads: ICT Policymaking in East Africa (2005).

Research Reports

Journal Articles

Conference Proceedings

  • Warigia Bowman, L. Camp & Allan Friedman, Electronic Voting Best Practices” Summary and Report of the Voting, Vote Capture & Vote Counting Symposium, June 2-4, 2004 (2004).

Book Reviews

  • Review of Third World Citizens and the Information Technology Revolution, by Nivien Saleh, The New Political Science, 2012, Volume 34, Issue 3: 419-421

  • Review of Starved for Science by Robert Paarlberg, Review of Policy Research 2010, Volume 27, Issue 6: 825-826.


  • Bowman, Warigia and Brian Longwe, “Technology, Transparency, and the Kenyan General Election of 2013,” Al Jazeera.net, March 29, 2013

  • Building Resilient Communications Networks, Egypt Independent, July 30, 2011.

  • Protecting Freedom of Information in Egypt, Egypt Independent, March 4, 2011

  • Moving Forward in Kenya.” The Boston Globe, January 6, 2008.

Courses Taught

  • Natural Resources and Environmental Law On Federal Lands
  • Administrative Law
  • Water Law

Awards & Honors

  • Institute of Race and Ethnicity. Affiliated Scholar
  • Faculty Speaker at Graduation
  • Teaching Associate