Michael P Ryan




Center for Intercultural Education and Development (CIED)
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Michael P. Ryan, PhD

Professor Michael P. Ryan is a Faculty Coach for the Ryan conducts research regarding the political economy, institutions, and
strategic management of the creative and innovative industry sectors in emerging
economy countries with emphasis on Brazil, China, Colombia, India, and the East
African and Eastern Mediterranean regions. He teaches international business and policy
at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.

He is the author of the books Knowledge Diplomacy: Global Competition and the
Politics of Intellectual Property (1998) and Playing by the Rules: American Trade
Policy and Community in the Pacific (1995) and is presently completing Knowledge
Development: Institutions and Strategies in Emerging Economy Creative and Innovative
Industries, a comparative study of bio-medical and information technology innovation
in Brazil and India, clean energy innovation in China, film and television creativity in
India, coffee brand and strategic management in Colombia and Uganda, and traditional
cultural arts. He has published scholarly articles in Asian Survey, International Studies
Quarterly, Journal of World Trade, World Development, and the international law
journals of American, Cardozo, Michigan, Northwestern, and Pennsylvania universities.
He edited in 2005 a special issue of Business Ethics Quarterly regarding patents, drugs,
and international public health regarding AIDS. He has initiated work on his Knowledge
Ethics book project with study of public-private network governance and knowledge
management for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in Uganda and Tanzania and of
biodiversity and clinical R&D in Brazil and India.

Professor Ryan carries out research and education projects in cooperation with the
governmental Brazilian National Institute for Industrial Property, the European Patent
Office, the Organization of American States, the U.S. Copyright Office, National
Institutes of Health Office of Technology Transfer, and Patent and Trademark Office.
He has lectured and conducted research in Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Bulgaria,
Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Germany,
Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, the Palestinian Territories,
the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Tanzania,
Thailand, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates, and with the diplomatic community in
Geneva. He served on the MBA faculty of the at the University of Michigan, was a
guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and a guest lecturer at China University of
Law and Political Science, and was a center founding director at the George Washington
University Law School.


  • Ph.D. () University of Michigan, Political Science
  • M.A. () University of Michigan, Political Science
  • M.A. () Ohio State University, Philosophy
  • B.A. () University of Akron, Political Science