Melissa H. Birch

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  • Associate Professor
  • Executive Director, Institute of International and Global Engagement
  • Management and Entrepreneurship academic area
  • KU Institute of International and Global Engagement

Contact Info

Capitol Federal Hall, Room 3124


Ph.D., University of Illinois
M.S., University of Illinois
B.S., New College


Research interests:

  • International business strategy in Latin America
  • trade and regional integration
  • public sector management
  • microfinance


Undergraduate courses: Business, Culture and Society in Latin America; Business in Latin America; Corporate Strategy; International Business Graduate Courses: Business and the Political Economy I and II, Management Challenges of Developing Countries, Managing International Business, Global Business Economics (macroeconomics for business), International Business, Business in Latin America, Global Research Integrative Projects, Global Business Projects, Model OAS, MBA study abroad courses in Brazil and Mexico. Designed undergraduate and graduate international business curricula, including a rigorous undergraduate international business certificate program (with a foundation in foreign language proficiency and area studies and a capstone study-abroad experience) and joint-degree graduate programs (MBA/MA) with Latin American, East Asian, and Russian and Eastern European Studies, as well as a dual-degree program with ESC-Clermont (France). Presented to the National Academy of Sciences on international business education. Provided committee testimony to the Kansas legislature on the impact of international business on the Kansas economy. Obtained almost $4 million in competitive Federal funding for international business program development. Actively participated in University efforts that were successful in attracting funding from private donors for international education initiatives.

Teaching interests:

  • International business
  • Latin America