Udaya Wagle

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Udaya Wagle
Director of the School of Public Affairs and Administration and Professor of Public Administration
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Mailing address: 
School of Public Affairs and Administration
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5440 USA
  • Ph.D., Public Policy, University of Massachusetts Boston, 2004
  • M.S., Nonprofit Management, Eastern University, 1997
  • M.B.A., Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 1993
  • B.B.A., Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 1989
Research interests: 
  • Poverty and social policy, and urban development policy
  • Policymaking and citizen participation
  • Civil society and comparative studies

A Nepali native, Udaya R. Wagle holds a Ph.D. in public policy, Master’s degree in nonprofit management, and Bachelors and Master’s degrees in business administration. Author of two books and over three dozen academic and professional publications, his research interests include social policies, underdevelopment, and comparative studies. The intersection of his multicultural background, academic training in public policy, and experience and expertise in social policies and development have taken him to Myanmar, Nepal, and Uzbekistan for high-level consulting and research assignments. Before joining WMU, Dr. Wagle managed economic development programs at a premier nonprofit organization in Nepal and taught at University of Massachusetts Boston and Marist College. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Global Social Policy, Poverty & Public Policy, and Social Indicators Research. Dr. Wagle’s teaching experience and interests include:

  • PADM 6001: Capstone Portfolio I
  • PADM 6060: Applied Research Methods
  • PADM 6070: Quantitative Data Analysis I
  • PADM 6650: Public Policy: Theory and Research
  • PADM 6800: Capstone Portfolio II
  • PADM 6970: Dissertation Seminar
  • PADM 7300: Doctoral Dissertation