Liesl Riddle

photo: Liesl Riddle
Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs; Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, GW School of Business; Co-Director, GW Diaspora Program
Room 550 Duques Hall
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Areas of Expertise

International Entrepreneurship; Investment and Trade Promotion; Diasporas; International Business in the Middle East and North Africa; and Research Methods

Liesl Riddle is Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs at George Washington University and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB). As Associate Dean, 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. 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 courses 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 B.A. and M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies, an MBA in Marketing/International Business, and a Ph.D. 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 Director of Research for an international market research firm.


Ph.D., University of Texas

Classes Taught

IBUS 3001 Introduction to International Business

IBUS 3201 International Marketing Management

IBUS 4402 Managing in Developing Countries

IBUS 6201 International Marketing

IBUS 6402 Managing in Developing Countries