Warigia Bowman - Faculty & Adjuncts

Warigia Bowman, JD, PhD

Warigia Bowman, JD, PhD
Associate 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 at 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 and has consulted for the Kenyan Government, USAID, the United Nations, and the US State Department. Before joining the University of Tulsa, 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.

The University of Tulsa College of Law’s Warigia Bowman is a widely published expert on public policy, infrastructure, water and energy. Bowman, along with 34 interdisciplinary researchers , was recently awarded part of a multi-million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, administered by the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

Bowman's 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


Law Reviews

  • Bowman, Warigia (2020) “Dustbowl Waters: Doctrinal and Legislative Solutions to Save the Ogallala Aquifer before Both Time and Water Run Out”. 91 University of Colorado Law Review 4.

  • Bowman, Warigia (2020) “Dust in the Wind: Regulatory Solutions to Mitigate the Downsides of Wind Energy.” 69 University of Kansas Law Review 1.

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

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.

Journal Article Reviews

  • “Technological Distribution in Uganda: Information and Communications Technology and the State in an Eastern African Nation,”Review of Policy Research, Vol. 36 (6):835-865

Journal Articles


  • 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

  • Energy Law Journal
  • Energy Regulation
  • Water Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Law On Federal Lands

Awards & Honors

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