Wayne Decker

About Wayne Decker

I am Co-Director of the SGD-based Master’s of Development Practice (MDP) degree and Director of the Global Political Economy and Development (PED) B.S. Concentration within the Global Studies undergraduate degree. Both within and outside the University I am deeply involved with technical innovation and social entrepreneurship strategies to stimulate progress in Sub-Sahara Africa, notably in Malawi.

Research Interests

My current research and program-building efforts are on the use of ICT-enhanced innovation and social entrepreneurship to stimulate development in Sub-Sahara Africa.  This work is influenced by my leadership of The Flame Tree Initiative, an American-African non-profit partnership that assists Sub-Saharan universities in becoming more effective catalyst for development.

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Contact Information

Wayne Decker
Director, International Studies
Telephone: 520-626-8136
Fax: 520-621-2889
Office: ENR2 S550


 PhD       Johns Hopkins University (Political Science/International Politics, Economics and Chinese Studies)

 M.A.       SUNY Albany, Political Economy (Regional Development, Housing Economics)

 B.A.        Utica College (Political science, Geology)

Courses Taught


Global Political Economy and Development (GS/PED)


International Studies Thesis Pro-Seminar


International Studies/Global Studies: Extensive thesis mentoring



Foundation of Sustainable Development Practice (a globally networked, real-time course)


MDP Cross-Cohort Seminar (field work preparation)


Planned:  Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development