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Welcome to NextGen Fellow Louis Bon-Ami

Friday, December 09, 2022

Louis Bon-Ami has joined the Watson College as a NextGen Post-Doctoral Fellow, a new position created through UNCW’s partnership with North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. The NextGen Fellowship Program is a new initiative designed to create a pipeline for the universities to recruit diverse faculty.

Dr. Bon-Ami received a two-year appointment to the Office of the Dean, Watson College of Education. His focus as a postdoctoral fellow will be providing organizational and strategic support to WCE’s DRIVE efforts. He will also support diversity in teaching, workforce development, and educational leadership.

“We are quite honored and fortunate to have Dr. Bon-Ami join the Watson College as a NextGen Post-Doctoral Fellow,” said Watson College Dean Van Dempsey. “He brings an impressive set of experiences, skills and intellectual work that will help to enrich what we do in the Watson College. I am quite excited about the possibilities he brings as a new colleague.”

Dr. Bon-Ami earned his Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from North Carolina A&T State University, a MA in National Security Studies, and a BA in Business Administration from American Military University. He recently retired from active-duty military service in the U.S. Marine Corps after 23 years of honorable service. During his military career, Dr. Bon-Ami served on four continents in rural communities of over 20 countries, respectively. He was a logistician before transitioning into military intelligence, as an ethnographic researcher. His military career culminated as a non-partisan Congressional Fellow in the Office of Senator Thom Tillis followed by his final assignment to the U.S. Cyber Command Office of Legislative Affairs.

Dr. Bon-Ami’s research interests are guided by a focus on society and education, specifically where they intersect ecological systems of community leadership, interdisciplinary approaches to studying and understanding lived experiences of underserved communities, and the Caribbean diaspora.

“As a Haitian immigrant, this postdoctoral fellowship represents answered prayers of my mother who didn’t have more than a fifth-grade education, and my grandmother, who never learned to read,” he said. “Especially for a country like Haiti, I believe that education is the greatest equalizer of social and economic disparity in our society. I’m honored to be among Equalizers here at the WCE, a nucleus for generational change.”