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Quinlan Bernhard Bowman

Lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy at Duke Kunshan University
DKU Faculty


My research centers on the practices, institutions, cultures, and habits of mind that promote — or undercut — robust, meaningful forms of democratic governance. Through my research and writing, I aim to promote more just and inclusive governance arrangements, in private as well as public organizations. I am co-author of Deliberative Global Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2019), a proposal for remaking global governance along more inclusive, participatory, and deliberative lines. Deliberative Global Governance offers an approach to global governance that draws on the wisdom of communities directly affected by climate change, political violence, extreme poverty and other global problems to develop solutions that will best serve humanity’s needs and interests. 

I currently teach courses at Duke Kunshan University in political theory, public policy, and ethics. I am also a member of the Diversity Scholars Network of the National Center for Institutional Diversity, which “fosters an interdisciplinary multi-institutional community of scholars to strengthen research and scholarship about diversity, equity and inclusion and address issues in education and society.”

Previously, I was an Assistant Instructional Professor at the University of Chicago, where I taught a course sequence — Power, Identity, Resistance — in the university's Social Sciences Collegiate Division.

From 2017-2018, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). Prior to that, from 2016-2017, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra (Australia). In 2016, I completed my PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in Political Theory and Philosophy.

For more information about my research and teaching, please visit my personal website:

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy at Duke Kunshan University · 2020 - Present DKU Faculty
Assistant Professor of the Practice of DKU Studies at Duke University · 2023 - Present DKU Studies

Education, Training & Certifications

University of California, Berkeley · 2016 Ph.D.