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 publication Bringing 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.