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:

Dr. Bonomi’s research focuses on equity, anti-violence and anti-oppression.  Her work on domestic violence recantation is nationally renowned, and she is currently working on the impacts of the novel coronavirus on the domestic violence experiences of minoritized women.  In recognition of her scholarship contributions, Dr. Bonomi was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2011 from The Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology.  

In the novel coronavirus era, Dr. Bonomi is also developing and implementing training modules that underscore how unconscious bias across social identity points (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity) manifests in virtual settings and strategies for mitigating the impacts.

In 2019, Dr. Bonomi published (with Dr. Callie Rennison) Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff and Slipper (Cognella Academic Publishing); which convenes the perspectives of 23 diverse academic leaders on critical issues facing women leaders in the academy.  It 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).

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