UMass Boston

Bodunrin Banwo

Leadership in Education
Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

African-centered Education, Organizational Theory, Alternative Systems of Education


Doctor of Philosophy: Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, 2016- 2020, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; Dissertation: African Communitarianism as fuel for Black Student Motivation: An Institutional Exploration of Collectivism and Groupness of African Centered Education. Completed: April 9, 2020
Master of Public Administration: Public Administration and Education, 2010- 2012, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ; MPA final project and paper: Catholic School Leadership and its participation in noneducational programming in Camden, NJ
Bachelor of Art: Political Science, 2000- 2006, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL

Additional Information

Bodunrin O. Banwo has spent over two decades working in youth and community development. Dr. Banwo completed his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in Education Policy and Leadership. His research focus is on the liberatory effects of communitarian programming in schools. Before beginning his Ph.D., Dr. Banwo served as a food access manager for the City of Baltimore, where he worked to improve the city’s food supply chain and the economic viability of selling healthy food in Baltimore City. Throughout his career, Bodunrin has served as a public school teacher in Camden, NJ; Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, South America; Food System Manager for the Philadelphia-based nonprofit, The Food Trust; and Arizona public advocate and lobbyist for a Washington DC-based nonprofit, Project Vote. Dr. Banwo professional life has been dedicated to improving people’s lives from the many social and ethnic diasporas scattered around the world, and he looks forward to working with individuals, groups, and communities with a passion for continuing the work begun by our ancestors to make our world a more merciful and just place.