Dr. Amy Bonomi is professor in Human Development and Family Studies. Dr. Bonomi’s overarching scholarship and practice focus on anti-violence, equity and anti-oppression. Her research focuses on gender-based violence prevention in health care, popular culture, law enforcement and educational spaces. Her work on domestic violence recantation is nationally renowned, with her publications regularly used and cited in U.S. courts. and her being regularly invited to serve as an expert witness. As a result of her impact in violence prevention, Dr. Bonomi was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award from The Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology.
Previously, Dr. Bonomi chaired the HDFS department from 2013 to 2018. Coinciding with MSU’s capital campaign and their initiative to improve federal awards, Dr. Bonomi led HDFS in significant increases in federal grant dollars (648%) and philanthropic donations (997%), along with a sharpening of its graduate and undergraduate programs. Additionally, as director of MSU Women’s Leadership Institute from 2015-2020, Dr. Bonomi led programming for students and alumni and raised more than $3 million in philanthropic donations.
In 2019, Dr. Bonomi published with Dr. Callie Rennison Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff and Slipper (Cognella). This book is endorsed by the American Psychological Association and received the 2020 Most Promising New Textbook Award by the Textbook & Academic Authors Association. It convenes the narratives of women leaders on the challenges of facing bias, racism and discrimination in universities.