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David Wiley - Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI, US

David Wiley David Wiley

Professor Emeritus, Sociology and African Studies | Michigan State University


Expert: social ecology of Africa, African language/area studies in the US, militarism in US foreign policy, African urbanization & housing.


David Wiley specializes in social ecology of Africa and its environment (rural and urban), the political economy of Africa and African militarization, social inequality, social movements, social stratification and religion, and internationalization of higher education. His major research projects include:

- The militarization of Africa
- Community mobilization on environment and development in South Africa
- Socio-economic impacts of biological change on Lake Victoria (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania)
- Stratification and religion in the U.S. and Zambia
- African urbanization and housing
- Sociology of racial, ethnic, and national stereotyping

Previously, Wiley was director of the MSU African Studies Center (1978 - 2008), chaired the African Studies Program at University of Wisconsin-Madison (1972 - 1977), was a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Zambia, and in the 1960s, worked in race relations in the U.S. and in "Southern Rhodesia,” now Zimbabwe.

In the 1960s through the 1990s, Wiley participated in the movement for decolonization in Southern Africa and the anti-apartheid movement both nationally and at MSU. He has been a member of the Higher Education Forum of the U.S./South Africa Bi-National Commission and in 1994-96 was a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar in Durban, South Africa, working on community organizations mobilizing for change. He also is constructing websites and programs on U.S., MSU, and South African university partnerships. (See http://isp.msu.edu/AfricanStudies/sahiedcn.htm, http://isp.msu.edu/ussa/, and http://www.matrix.msu.edu/partnership/.)

In 1998-99, Wiley was President of the African Studies Association. He has served as chairperson of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Advisory Committee for International Programs as well as international committees of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Sociological Association. Until 2009, he was co-chairperson of the Council of Directors of Title VI National Resource Centers, for more than 100 U.S. foreign language and area studies National Resource Centers. He has been co-chairperson of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars, a national organization seeking to influence U.S. foreign policy. He has been Vice-Chairperson of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, chairing delegations to UNESCO-Paris, Greece, and Spain.

Areas of Expertise (7)

African Social Movements

African Militarization

Social Ecology of Africa

Social Movements

Internationalizing of Higher Education

African Political Economy

African Social Inequality

Education (3)

Princeton University: Ph.D., Sociology 1971

Sociology and Sociology of Religion

Yale University: M.Div., Religion and Higher Education 1961

Wabash College: B.A., Zoology and Chemistry 1957