Ann Bowman specializes in state and local politics and management, intergovernmental relations, and public policy, especially the substantive areas of environment, economic development, and land use. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and is a past president of the Southern Political Science Association.
She holds the Hazel Davis and Robert Kennedy Endowed Chair in Government and Public Service. She joined the Bush School faculty in 2008, coming from the University of South Carolina, where she was the James F. and Maude B. Byrnes Professor of Government.
She received her doctorate in political science from the University of Florida and has published articles in various scholarly journals; since 2012, these include Urban Affairs Review, Public Administration Review, Policy Studies Journal, Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Urban Design, Cities, American Review of Public Administration, and Journal of Politics. Recent books include the tenth edition of State and Local Government (Cengage, 2017, co-authored with Richard C. Kearney). In 2020, Temple University Press will publish her latest book, Reinventing the Austin City Council.
She has held a Lincoln Government Fellowship at the National League of Cities in Washington, DC, and later received a Fulbright award to Denmark to serve as the Odense Distinguished Chair in American Studies. She has won the Donald C. Stone Award for Research, given by the Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), and in 2016, she received the Daniel Elazar Distinguished Scholar Award from the Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations section of the American Political Science Association (APSA).
She has been president of three organized sections of APSA: Public Policy, Urban Politics, and Federalism/Intergovernmental Relations. She has been Book Review editor for the Journal of Politics and Urban Affairs Review. Currently, Dr. Bowman is a member of the Editorial Board of Public Administration Review, the Editorial Advisory Council of Publius: The Journal of Federalism, and the Advisory Committee for the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research summer program at the University of Michigan.