Ph.D., University of Texas
International Entrepreneurship; Investment and Trade Promotion; Diasporas; International Business in the Middle East and North Africa; Research Methods
Liesl Riddle is the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs at The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB). She oversees 14 of GWSB's graduate degree programs, including five MBA and nine specialized masters programs. In conjunction with faculty advisory committees, she developed GWSB's Digital Community (GWSB:DC), a suite of online degree programs (MBA, MSPM, MSIST, MTA) that are offered through a digital-community environment (http://business.gwu.edu/gwsbdc/). She also is the co-director of GWSB's OntheBoard program, a fellowship program designed to promote women on corporate boards.
Dr. Riddle has written extensively about diasporas and development, international entrepreneurship, and trade and investment promotion. Having examined diaspora investment and entrepreneurship for over 20 years, Dr. Riddle has conducted research among 16 different diaspora communities in the USA and Europe originating from countries of origin in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle East. From 2006-2012 she spearheaded a multidisciplinary research team, the George Washington University Diaspora Capital Investment Project, which generated and disseminated learning about diaspora investment and its role in development to assist policymakers, diaspora organizations, diaspora entrepreneurs, and researchers. She was a founding member and director of the university's Diaspora Research Program.
Dr. Riddle teaches course at the executive, graduate, and undergraduate levels, including courses on Identity, Migration, and Entrepreneurship; Managing in Developing Countries; Global Perspectives; International Management; and the Consulting Abroad Practicum. She has received numerous teaching awards, including the GW School of Business' Teaching Excellence Award. She is a frequent guest speaker at the US Foreign Service Institute in the Near East North Africa Area Studies Program.
Dr. Riddle holds a BA and MA in Middle Eastern Studies, a MBA in Marketing/International Business, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her appointment at GW in 2001, she worked in the field of market research and held the position of the Director of Research for an international market research firm.