Phillip J. Bowman


Phillip J. Bowman, School of Education

Bowman is a professor of higher education at the University of Michigan, where he is also director of the Diversity Research and Policy Program (DRPP) as well as faculty associate at the Institute for Social Research and the National Poverty Center. The DRPP was launched in 2008 with funding from the National Institutes of Health, while Professor Bowman was founding director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity (2006-2013), a national think-tank for bridging innovative scholarship with policy-relevant social change. Since 2013, DRPP’s research agenda continues to expand through new strategic alliances with the School of Education and the Institute for Social Research. As a theoretical and applied social psychologist, Bowman’s scholarship focuses on racial/ethnic diversity, higher education and related policy issues including workforce opportunity, urban poverty, family distress, and health inequities; he has a growing interest in strengths-based interventions to reduce inequalities, disparities, and opportunity gaps.

Prior to 2006, Bowman served as director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy with the University of Illinois at Chicago and also as a professor in psychology, African American studies and educational policy studies with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While a professor of human development and social policy at Northwestern University, Bowman held numerous leadership roles, including faculty fellow with the Institute for Policy Research, faculty affiliate with the Joint Center for Poverty Research, coordinator of the Spencer Training Grant in Education and Social Policy, coordinator of the Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology, director of the Summer Academic Workshop, director of the Social-Behavioral Science Scholars Program, and interim chair of the Department of African American Studies. He is an active national and international consultant and has been a Rockefeller and Senior Ford Postdoctoral Fellow. His research has been supported by several sources, such as the Spencer Foundation, state agencies, and various federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Bowman received his PhD in social psychology from U-M, where he began his professional career as an assistant research scientist at the Institute for Social Research and assistant professor in psychology and Afroamerican and African studies.

Bowman teaches courses in the following program(s):
Academic Affairs and Student Development
Higher Education
Higher Education and Master of Public Policy (Dual Degree)
Higher Education and MBA (Dual Degree)
Individually Designed Concentration
Diversity and Social Justice in Higher Education
Higher Education Student Access and Success




Research Affiliations


8/1/2016 - ongoing Understanding Interventions Index - 3rd Year Continuation
Granting Agency: Long Island University/National Institutes of Health

2/1/2004 - 1/1/2008 Center for Population Health and Health Disparities
Granting Agency: National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute

2/1/2004 - 1/1/2006 Chicago Area Study
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

2/1/2001 - 1/1/2006 Acceleration Project Evaluation
Granting Agency: Information Technology Resource Center

2/1/2005 - 1/1/2006 Project for Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods
Granting Agency: Inter-University Consortium for Politcal and Social Research

2/1/2003 - 1/1/2005 Faith-Based Initiaitives
Granting Agency: Illinois Department of Human Services

2/1/2002 - 1/1/2005 Fathers and Families in Distressed Urban Communities
Granting Agency: Illinois Work Force Advantage

2/1/2000 - 1/1/2003 Workforce Diversity Survey
Granting Agency: Illinois Department of Transportation

Courses & Syllabi

Term Catalogue Course Description Syllabus
Spring 2015 EDUC 771. Topics in Higher and Postsecondary Education Promoted course. Read description »

Fall 2015 EDUC 771. Topics in Higher and Postsecondary Education EDUC 771. Strengths-Based STEM Pipeline Interventions

Winter 2016 EDUC 771. Topics in Higher and Postsecondary Education EDUC 771. Diversity, Merit and Higher Education

Winter 2016 EDUC 873. Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Higher Education EDUC 873. Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Higher Education


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