Funmi Showole Amubieya
Adjunct Associate Research Scholar
- B.A., Political Science, Yale University, 2008
- J.D., Columbia Law School, 2013
Funmi conducts research and
impact work around the issue of access to, and full participation in, higher
education, particularly with the goal of advancing the inclusion of
underrepresented students in higher education post-Fisher.
As a law student, Funmi’s
research focused on how full participation, critical race, and human rights
theories can advance racial justice and greater access to higher education. As
a student in Columbia’s Human Rights Clinic, Funmi conducted extensive research
on how state and local government officials are using the human rights
framework to address social inequality domestically, contributing to the
Human Rights Home: How State and Local Governments Can Use Human Rights to
Advance Local Policy. While a
student at Columbia, Funmi also conducted an in-depth case study on the role of
admissions officers as boundary-spanning organizational catalysts who are well
positioned to increase access and greater inclusion to higher education for
first-generation college students. During her final year in law school, Funmi
co-founded and co-facilitated the course “Lawyering for Social & Institutional
Change” with Professor Susan Sturm. Prior to studying at Columbia, Funmi was an
assistant director of admissions at Yale University.
Funmi graduated with a J.D.
from Columbia Law School in 2013, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
She also holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University.