David Wiley

David S. Wiley
  • Professor Emeritus
  • Department of Sociology
  • Ph.D. Sociology and Sociology of Religion, Princeton Theol. Seminary and University.
  • M. Div. Yale University
  • B.A. Wabash College
  • 422 Berkey Hall
  • 509 E. Circle Drive
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • 517-355-1803


David Wiley


For 60 years, Wiley conducted research on Africa, focusing on the rural and urban environment, stratification, political economy, militarization, and internationalizing US higher education. 

In the 1960s, he worked in race relations in the U.S. and in Southern Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. He was director of the African Studies Centers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1972-1977), MSU (1978-2008), Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Zambia, and acting chair of MSU Sociology (2010-11).

In the 1960s-1990s, Wiley participated in the movement to decolonize Southern Africa and in co-founding anti-apartheid organizations in New York, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Michigan. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in South Africa (1994, 1996) and a member of the US-South Africa Bi-National Commission.

He was national president of the African Studies Association, chairperson of the NSF International Programs Advisory Committeeand of international committees of the American Sociological Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science,and co-founder of the National Council of University Title VI International Studies Centers,

In 2018,the Greater LansingUnited Nations Associationpresented Wiley the Arthur Vandenberg Award for building international cooperation and continuing US engagement in the UN, and the Lansing Area Peace Education Center awarded him the Lifetime Peacemaker Award.