Franklin Lebo

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University
J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Franklin Lebo

Franklin LeboAssistant Professor of Sustainability

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

Dr. Franklin Lebo has instructed 16 distinct MBA and undergraduate courses at Baldwin Wallace since 2009 in topics ranging from political science to business, sustainability, Asian studies, leadership, legal studies and the humanities. Lebo grew up in San Francisco and attended Brandeis University, double majoring in political science and East Asian Studies. He graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and received highest honors for his thesis on the Japanese administrative system. He then attended law school at UC Hastings in his hometown, continuing his interest in Asia. He earned an international law concentration certificate along with a Witkin and CALI Award for his research in Chinese trade law focusing on corporate codes of conduct. He also earned a second CALI Award for his research in "The American West: Law Culture and the Environment" evaluating discriminatory labor practices affecting African American shipyard workers on the West Coast in World War II. Lebo is a licensed attorney in Ohio.

Lebo then attended graduate school at Kent State University, earning a doctorate in transnational/comparative politics, also passing field exams in justice studies. His dissertation continued his undergraduate thesis topic exploring Japan’s National Personnel Authority including 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. He is the author of “Proposing a New Framework: Including China on the Crossroads of Transitional Justice and Reconciliation” in the Asian Journal of Comparative Politics (June 2016). He is the co-author of “Sino-American Trade Relations: Privatizing Foreign Policy” in Contemporary Cases in U.S. Foreign Policy (2014) and “Development/Poverty Issues and Foreign Policy Analysis” in The International Studies Encyclopedia (2010). His current research explores public-private partnerships in the energy sector with a focus on the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo), which is working on bringing wind turbines to the Great Lakes.

Lebo has significant nonprofit experience as a founding member of Minds Matter of Cleveland (2009 - 2011) and received two Presidential Service Awards from President Barack Obama. He currently assists his wife, Dr. Amy E. Lebo, director of the BW honors program, in hosting the annual BW Minds Matter summer program. Finally, Lebo served on the Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force (2012 - 2014) and was featured in Cleveland Business Connects (August 2014) for his efforts to link Baldwin Wallace students to the energy sector. He earned the 2013 BW Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award and has greatly enjoyed directing multiple student research projects, designing new courses and hosting campus events.