Franklin Lebo

Co-Director, Sustainability Program
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University
J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Franklin Lebo

Franklin LeboCo-Director, Sustainability Program
Assistant Professor of Sustainability

Ph.D., Kent State University
J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
B.A., Brandeis University

Dr. Franklin B. Lebo, Esq. is the co-director with Dr. David Krueger of BW’s sustainability program. He is also BW’s sustainability tracking and assessment rating system (STARS) liaison to the international Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Lebo serves as an advisory council member on AASHE’s international committee of sustainability faculty.

As an interdisciplinary faculty member, Lebo has instructed or co-instructed 20 distinct MBA and undergraduate courses in the School of Business and College of Arts and Sciences. He has extensive collaborative teaching experience, working with 17 colleagues representing seven departments, including faculty in biology and engineering.

Lebo grew up in San Francisco before attending Brandeis University, double majoring in East Asian studies and political science. He graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha, and was awarded highest honors for his senior thesis on the Japanese administrative system. He then attended law school at University of California, Hastings College of Law, earning an international law concentration along with a Witkin and CALI Award for his research in Chinese trade law focusing on corporate codes of conduct. He earned a second CALI Award for his research in "The American West: Law Culture and the Environment.” He is a licensed attorney in Ohio.

Lebo later earned a doctorate in transnational/comparative politics and policy at Kent State University, also passing the field exam in justice studies. His dissertation continued his undergraduate thesis topic and is now a published book exploring Japan’s National Personnel Authority. Fieldwork involved in situ research in Tokyo and conducting interviews with government officers in Japanese. He was also an official member of the U.S. Young Scholars delegation to Taiwan hosted by the Taiwanese government.

Lebo has significant nonprofit experience and was recognized with Gold Level Presidential Service Awards from President Barack Obama in 2009 and 2010.

His current research explores renewable energy, collaborative governance regimes, biomimicry and corporate transparency.

Selected Publications

1. Lebo, Franklin Barr. (Forthcoming, 2019.) “Evaluating a Collaborative Governance Regime in Renewable Energy: Wind Power and the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo).” Environmental Development.

2. Lebo, Franklin Barr. (2018). Between Democracy and Technocracy: Regulating Administrative Guidance in Japan. New York: Lexington Books. 

3. Lebo, Franklin Barr. (June 2016). “Proposing a New Framework: Including China on the Crossroads of Transitional Justice and Reconciliation.” Asian Journal of Comparative Politics. Vol.1(2): 171-189. 

4. Hook, Steven W. and Lebo, Franklin Barr. (2014). “Sino-American Trade Relations: Privatizing Foreign Policy,” in Ralph G. Carter (Ed.). Contemporary Cases in U.S. Foreign Policy: From Terrorism to Trade, 5th Edition. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, pp.316-346. 

5. Hook, Steven W. and Lebo, Franklin Barr. (2010). "Development/Poverty Issues and Foreign Policy Analysis," in Robert A. Denemark (Ed.). The International Studies Encyclopedia. Oxford, England: Blackwell Publishing Ltd, pp.949-969. 

Sustainability Courses Instructed

1. BUS654: Environmental Science and Regulation
2. BUS637: Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Biomimicry
3. SUS400X: Sustainability Capstone Experience
4. SUS363/BUS340-H/BUS340: Biomimicry
5. SUS363/SUS363-H: Sustainable Cleveland
6. SUS205: Environmental Policy
7. SUS150I: Humans and the Earth

Other Courses Instructed

1. ASN100: Understanding Asia
2. FYE100/FYE100-H: Ignite Your Leadership Revolution
3. HON290: Invisible Americans
4. HUM200: Global Citizenship
5. HUM270X: Careers in the Humanities
6. LAS200: Enduring Questions for an Intercultural World
7. LDR202: Contemporary Leadership Problems
8. LDR201: Introduction to Leadership Studies
9. MGT329: Organizational Ethics
10. POL363: Politics of Energy
11. POL363I: Politics of Climate Change
12. POL309: Criminal Law & the Constitution
13. POL207: Introduction to Law