Barbara Bowman
Founder, Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development


  • Early childhood and preschool

Barbara Taylor Bowman, the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development at Erikson Institute, is one of the Institute’s founders and served as its president from 1994 to 2001. She has over 50 publications, including articles, book chapters and edited volumes. She is a frequent consultant on early care and education and a speaker at conferences and at universities in the U.S. and abroad. Bowman has served on numerous professional boards, including the Family Resource Coalition and the National Association for the Education of Young Children, of which she was president from 1980 to 1982. She has been on a variety of professional committees, including editorial boards; panels for the National Research Council, for which she chaired the committee on Early Childhood Pedagogy; and appointed boards, including the Illinois Early Learning Council. Currently she is on the boards of trustees for the Great Books Foundation and Erikson Institute. Honors include six honorary doctorates, the McGraw Hill Prize in Education, the Sargent Shriver Award for Equal Justice, the Chicago Historical Society Jane Addams award and a Golden Apple for Community Service.