Dr. Bonomi
Bonomi, Amy E. Ph.D., M.P.H.


Professor & Director, Women’s Leadership Institute

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  • Ph.D. Health Services, University of Washington
  • M.P.H. Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington
  • B.S. Applied Psychology, Loyola University

Areas of Interest

  • Equity
  • Social justice
  • Violence prevention


Dr. Amy Bonomi is professor and director of Michigan State University’s Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI).  The vision of the WLI is to create leadership equity for women globally by igniting women leaders:  WLI is a preeminent source of support in the advancement of students at Michigan State University in their leadership aspirations through evidence-based curricula and networking opportunities with alumni, faculty and community partners.  In fulfilling its mission, WLI provides opportunities for students to interact with exceptional leaders who exemplify WLI’s vision.

Dr. Bonomi’s scholarship and practice focus on equity, anti-violence and anti-oppression.  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.  Dr. Bonomi’s work in recantation resulted in her being awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award from The Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology.

As an extension of her equity work, in 2019, Dr. Bonomi published Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff and Slipper (Cognella Academic Publishing).  This book examines the perspectives of 23 female leaders on issues of leadership and the challenges of confronting structural racism, bias and discrimination at colleges and universities.  Women Leading Change is endorsed by the American Psychological Association, and was the recipient of the 2020 Most Promising New Textbook by the Textbook & Academic Authors Association.  Dr. Bonomi is collaborating with Drs. Nelia Viveiros and Callie Rennison on a forthcoming book, Unchecked Bad Behavior in the Academy (Cognella Academic Publishing).

Dr. Bonomi is a contributor on equity issues in The Huffington Post and The Conversation.  She also regularly delivers training for organizations on unconscious bias and leading through an equity lens.  

Previously, Dr. Bonomi chaired MSU’s Human Development and Family Studies 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.