Kristi Bowman is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at Michigan State University College of Law. She is a faculty affiliate of MSU’s Education Policy Center; a past recipient of the Education Law Association’s prestigious Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law and Policy; and a Distinguished Fellow of the National Education Finance Conference. Bowman has published extensively in the area of elementary and secondary education law. Her roughly two-dozen articles, essays, and book chapters have appeared in leading peer-reviwed and student-edited publications. Additionally, she has played a leading role in three books: Educational Policy and the Law (5th edition 2012, co-author with Mark Yudof, Betsy Levin, Rachel Moran, and James Ryan) is the textbook that defined the field. The Pursuit of Racial and Ethnic Equality in Public Schools (2015, editor) is an edited volume recently selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by the Association for College & Research Libraries); and An Introduction to Constitutional Rights to and in Education in the United States (in press, 2016, editor) will be published in Italy and is designed for use by European lawyers and scholars.
Bowman has taught or presented about U.S. education law across the country and in nine other countries. She received her B.A. from Drake University in 1998, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa; in 2001 she received her J.D. magna cum laude, M.A., and graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from Duke University. Prior to teaching, she clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and practiced law in Chicago at Franczek Radelet (then Franczek Sullivan), where she represented school districts and appeared regularly in both state and federal court. She is past president of the AALS Education Law Section and a continuing member of the Section’s Executive Committee.