Dr. Warigia M. Bowman

EPSCoR Research Focus: 
Social Dynamics Research Framework
Asst. Professor of Law
College of Law
The University of Tulsa
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B.A. | History | Columbia College, Columbia University, NY, NY | 1990
M.A. | Public Affairs| University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX | 2001
Ph.D. | Public Policy | Harvard University, Cambridge, MA | 2009
Research Interests: 

Dr. Warigia M. Bowman, assistant professor of law at the University of Tulsa, is a member of the OK NSF EPSCoR Track-1 RII Award titled Socially Sustainable Solutions for Water, Carbon, and Infrastructure Resilience in Oklahoma. The $20 million research project is a social science-led, multi-disciplinary collaboration among social, physical, biological, engineering, and computational scientists. More than thirty researchers from across the state are working together on the project, which began July 1, 2020.

Dr. Bowman teaches water law, natural resources law, and administrative law at the University of Tulsa. She has extensive law and policy experience at the local, state, and federal government levels, as well as in the non-profit sector. She has published widely on telecommunications and regulatory issues in Africa and has consulted for the Kenyan Government, USAID, the United Nations, and the U.S. State Department. 

Dr. Bowman's expertise supports the Social Dynamics Research Framework aspect of the OK NSF EPSCoR project. Human perceptions and beliefs are at the heart of the most critical challenges facing Oklahoma. They shape behaviors and collective decisions, and therefore our responses to the changing world. Using data from the M-SISNet, the social dynamics team will (a) measure and model perceptions and beliefs underpinning the social narratives that shape debates among the public, opinion leaders, and scientists about the emerging, interconnected, and salient threats to Oklahomans identified in our research focus areas; (b) evaluate how widely shared narratives have undermined collective action to pursue convergent solutions to wicked problems that recognize and address the array of anthropogenic drivers of these threats; and (c) measure social valuation for solutions using willingness-to-pay for potential sustainable solutions. 

Coupled with the project’s four interconnected focus areas, the Social Dynamics framework provides the structure and direction of the EPSCoR project. The distinct but interrelated focus areas and the research questions they pursue were selected because they deepen understanding of overlapping natural and human dynamics that drive critical problems facing Oklahoma today. Treated individually as stand-alone problems, they are susceptible to social polarization and policy gridlock. Addressed as an integrated set, these dynamics offer the prospect for revised understandings of problem boundaries and provide the potential for informed value tradeoffs across social groups that can enable socially sustainable solutions to address our most pressing problems.

Learn more about the OK NSF EPSCoR research project. 

Key Publications: 
  • Bowman, Warigia. (2019) “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 and James D. Bowman. 2016. Censorship or Self Control: Hate Speech, the State and the Voter in the Kenyan Election of 2013” Journal of Modern African Studies. 54 (3): 495-531 
  • Bowman, Warigia. 2015. Imagining a Modern Rwanda: Socio-technical Imaginaries, Information Technology and the Post-genocide state. In: Socio-Technical Imaginaries (edited by Sheila Jasanoff). University of Chicago. 
  • Bowman, Warigia. 2010. Review of Starved for Science by Robert Paarlberg. Review of Policy Research. 27(6): 825-826.
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