Ann O’M. Bowman


Ann O’M. Bowman is Professor and Hazel Davis and Robert Kennedy Endowed Chair in Government and Public Service at the Bush School at Texas A&M University. Prior to joining the Bush School faculty in 2008, she was the James F. and Maude B. Byrnes Professor of Government in the Department of Political Science at the University of South Carolina. She received her doctorate in political science from the University of Florida. Her areas of expertise include state and local politics and management; intergovernmental relations, public policy, especially the substantive areas of environment, economic development, and land use. She has published more than 50 articles in various scholarly journals; and co-authored or co-edited six scholarly books and two textbooks.

She is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a past-president of the Southern Political Science Association. She has held a Lincoln Government Fellowship at the National League of Cities in Washington, D.C. and received a Fulbright distinguished chair award to Denmark. She won the Donald C. Stone Award for Research, given by the Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management of the American Society for Public Administration, and in 2016, she received the Daniel Elazar Distinguished Scholar Award from APSA’s Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations section.

Currently, Bowman is a member of the Editorial Advisory Council of Publius and the Editorial Board of Public Administration Review and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the ICPSR’s summer program at the University of Michigan. Previously she served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Urban Affairs Review, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Cityscape, and State and Local Government Review. She has been active in APSA for many years, serving at different times as president of three organized sections: Public Policy, Urban Politics, and Federalism/Intergovernmental Relations.

Statement of Views: 
I see APSA as a big tent, one that advances the interests of political scientists in traditional and emerging subfields, in large and small institutions, throughout their careers. To maintain organizational resilience (and relevance), APSA must be committed to pursuing a blend of stability and change. I support a diverse APSA that is pluralistic, welcoming, and engaged; an organization that supports research and teaching, and when appropriate, weighs in on public debate. These are the values and perspectives that, if elected, I would bring to the Council.