Warigia Bowman Ph.D.,M.A.,J.D.

Assistant Professor of Law College of Law
Curriculum Vitae [PDF]


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.

Ph.D., JFK School of Government, Harvard University
M.A., LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
J.D., School of Law, University of Texas at Austin
B.A., Columbia College, Columbia University

Administrative Law
Water Law

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.

Book Chapters

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

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

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

Technology and Governance, in Political and Civic Leadership

Conference Proceeding

Electronic Voting Best Practices" Summary and Report of the Voting, Vote Capture & Vote Counting Symposium, June 2-4, 2004,


Bowman, Warigia and Brian Longwe, "Technology, Transparency, and the Kenyan General Election of 2013," Al, 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.

Journal Articles

Warigia & James D. Bowman. Censorship or Self Control: Hate Speech, the State and the Voter in the Kenyan Election of 2013, 54(3) Journal of Modern African Studies 495 (2016).

Circle of Life, Ancestors, Spirits and Motherhood, 23 JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Womens' Studies (2013).

Bowman, Warigia and L. Jean Camp, Protecting the Internet from Dictators: Technical and Policy Solutions for preserving online freedoms, 18(1) The Innovation Journal (2013).

Governance, Technology and the Search for Modernity in Kenya, 1 Wm. & Mary Pol. Rev. 87 (2010).

Bowman, Warigia and Arifa Khandwalla, The Promise of Public Access: Lessons from the American Experience, 1 Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 87 (2003).

Warigia Bowman & Rebecca Glazier, Civic Engagement Through Community-Based Research: Undergraduate and Graduate Collaboration on the 2016 Little Rock Congregation Study, Journal of Political Science Education (2019)

Warigia Bowman, Developing Information and Communications Technology in Uganda: An Analysis of Policies and Prospects through a Civil Society Lens, Review of Policy Research (2019)

Research Report

Warigia Bowman & Bob Bell, Uchaguzi: a qualitative and quantitative analysis of ICTs, Statebuilding and Peacebuilding in Kenya (Center for Global Communication Studies, University of Pennsylvania) (2015)

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.