Penn GSE CMSI

Aisha Bowen

Aisha Bowen serves as a Research Assistant for the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions. She is also a first-year Master’s Student in the Penn Graduate School of Education studying International Education Development. She is native of Richmond, Indiana, and holds a B.A. in English from Howard University in Washington, D.C. In addition to English, she also studied Urban Secondary Education, where she obtained her D.C. teacher certification in 7th-12th grade as a English Language Arts Teacher. While at Howard University, she served in multiple leadership capacities including board member of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program (2012 scholar) and Programs Chair of Kappa Delta Pi International Honors Society in Education.

While Aisha has long been encouraged to pursue a career in urban education, her international teaching experiences have taught her that the two fields are indelibly interlinked. Thus, her research interests include how culturally relevant curricula, pedagogy, and teacher training improve student achievement and affect school climate in secondary school settings. Her regions of interest for research are South Africa, Tanzania, and Kenya. She is also very passionate about creating opportunities for African American students from marginalized communities to study abroad and receive training on becoming global leaders.