Nolan Bowie is also a Fellow Emeritus and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where he is affiliated with The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, the Harvard Information Infrastructure Policy Project (HIIP) and the Center for Business and Government. From 1986-98, Nolan was an Associate Professor of Communications in the Department of Broadcasting, Mass Media and Telecommunications (BTMM), School of Communications and Theater (SCAT) at Temple University in Philadelphia. At the Berkman Center, he will be working on projects related to the Internet in developing countries.
Professor Bowie is a former staff Attorney and Executive Director of Citizens Communications Center, a public interest law firm and education institution [currently a Project of the Institute for Public Representation (IPR) of the Georgetown University Law Center], 1974-81. He has served both as an Assistant Special Prosecutor with the Watergate Special Prosecution Force and Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Bureau, New York State Department of Law. He has been active on a number of advisory panels and boards for a variety of organizations. These include the U. S. Congress' Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), The National Academies (regarding digital divide and digital democracy issues), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA), and the Aspen institute. Nolan is currently a Board member of Citizens for Independent Public Broadcasting (CIPB) and an Advisor to the Center for Media Education (CME), the Advertising Council, Inc., and the National Center on Adult Literacy (NCAL). He is also a member of the Steering Committee of The Boston Foundation’s Initiative on the New Economy and How Technology Can Empower Individuals and Communities.
Nolan is also an artist who has displayed his paintings and drawings in group and one-person exhibits in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Morristown, New Jersey and Cambridge. In the fall of 1998, he was named in a nationally syndicated column as one of the "High-Tech Heroes Who Work for the Public Good." He was recently presented the Manuel Carballo award for excellence in teaching at the Kennedy School of Government by the graduating class of 2001.
He was born and grew up in South Central L.A. He received an A.A. degree from Los Angeles Harbor College (1964), a B.A. degree from California State University at Long Beach (1965) and a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1973. He completed one year of graduate studies toward a Ph.D. degree at MIT (1985). From 1966-70, Professor Bowie served four years, one month and eleven days active duty as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserves (Lt., Senior Grade, USNR). Prior to active military service, he was a Juvenile Probation Counselor for Los Angeles County.