Franklin Lebo

Co-Director, Sustainability Program
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University

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 the author of BW’s Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) report and 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 and chairs BW’s Campus Sustainability Committee. BW is also a signatory of the Talloires Declaration, which is a ten-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities.

As an interdisciplinary faculty member, Lebo has instructed or co-instructed 24 distinct MBA and undergraduate courses in BW's Carmel Boyer School of Business and College of Arts and Sciences. He has extensive collaborative research and teaching experience, which includes working with 18 colleagues across eight departments and programs, including faculty in biology and engineering. He has also engaged with students on funded projects, including a team of six students along with Dr. Brian Krupp, on a United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) research grant to reduce food waste and insecurity.

Lebo grew up in San Francisco before attending Brandeis University as a presidential scholar, double majoring in East Asian studies and political science. He graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha, and was recognized with 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 archival research on African American shipyard workers in World War II. He is a licensed attorney in Ohio.

He 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 for his work with underserved high school students in the Cleveland Municipal School District.

Other research interests include collaborative governance regimes, biomimetic innovation and environmental social governance.

Selected Grant Funding

Krupp, Brian and Franklin Lebo. (Project period: 12/01/20 – 11/30/21.) "Smartphones to Reduce Food Waste and Insecurity." P3 Award: A National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity, and the Planet. United States Environmental Protection Agency. (Phase I Award Amount: $24,180.) Identifier: SU840157.

Selected Publications

1. Lebo, Franklin Barr. (November 2021). "Development Theory and the Global Aid Regime," in Nukhet Sandal (Ed.). Oxford Research Encyclopedia. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, pp.1-32.

2. Lebo, Franklin Barr. (December 2019.) "Evaluating a Collaborative Governance Regime in Renewable Energy: Wind Power and the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo)." Environmental Development, Vol. 32:1-15.

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

4. 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. 

5. 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. 

6. 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. 

In the News

1. Cordell, Taneisha. (February 8, 2021). "Baldwin Wallace University students tackle campus hunger, creates app to help reduce food waste and food insecurity." News 5 Cleveland.

2. McCafferty, Rachel Abbey. (May 26, 2019). "Being Environmentally Friendly has Potential Perks for Colleges and Universities." Cleveland Crain’s.

3. Nieves, Marissa. (November 9, 2019). "BW Among Schools Making Efforts to Combat Climate Change: From Geothermal to Food, An Emphasis on Sustainability." Baldwin Wallace University Exponent. 

4. Walker, Hannah. (April 26, 2019). "BW Earns Silver Recognition in Sustainability Systems Rankings." Baldwin Wallace University Exponent.

Sustainability Courses Instructed

  1. SUS150I: Humans and the Earth
  2. SUS205I: Environmental Policy
  3. SUS363/MGT340/MGT340H: Integrated Sustainability Topics: Biomimicry
  4. SUS363/SUS363H: Integrated Sustainability Topics: Sustainable Cleveland
  5. SUS400: Sustainability Capstone Experience

Other Courses Instructed

  1. BUS326: Legal Environment of Organizations
  2. BUS351: Global Strategies
  3. BUS360I: Political and Social Responsibilities of MNCs
  4. BUS637: Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Biomimicry
  5. BUS654: Environmental Science and Regulation
  6. MGT329: Organizational Ethics
  7. MGT367: Healthcare Law and Ethics
  8. POL205: Environmental Politics
  9. POL207: Introduction to Law
  10. POL309: Criminal Law & the Constitution
  11. POL363: Politics of Energy
  12. POL363I: Politics of Climate Change
  13. ASN100: Understanding Asia
  14. HON290: Invisible Americans
  15. HUM200: Global Citizenship
  16. HUM270X: Careers in the Humanities
  17. LAS200: Enduring Questions for an Intercultural World
  18. FYE100/FYE100-H: Ignite Your Leadership Revolution
  19. LDR201: Introduction to Leadership Studies
  20. LDR202: Contemporary Leadership Problems