Faculty & Staff

Michael Keating, BA

Lecturer; Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance; McCormack Graduate School
Director of Operations; Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development; McCormack Graduate School


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Areas of Expertise

Media and Communications in Development, Communities and Conflict, Role of China in Africa, Tertiary Education in Africa, Democracy Building in Fragile States


BA, Fordham University

Additional Information

Michael Keating is an expert in the area of media and economic development with over twenty years experience as a management consultant and corporate executive. He is the Director of Operations of the Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development. Keating was formerly a Partner with the Boston Consulting Group and was also Vice-President of Bertelsmann, a German media firm. In 2006, his focus shifted to Africa, primarily on developments in Liberia.

His research and consulting interests are on the question of how to create sustainable media businesses in developing and post-conflict societies and how the media segment can best serve positive social outcomes in conflict prone societies. He has conducted country risk studies in Nigeria, Guinea and Zambia as part of his consulting activities and has also conducted specific sector studies in cocoa production, mining and telecom. Mr. Keating also teaches at the New School University.

In addition to his BA in Philosophy from Fordham University, Keating has pursued graduate studies in comparative area studies at the University of Washington where he also studied oriental languages. He has completed certificate programs on corporate finance topics at the Harvard Business School and the Amsterdam Institute of Finance, and was an adjunct faculty member in the Management Information Systems Department at New York University in 1986.  As a visiting scholar at MIT, in 2002-2003, he researched and presented on the topic of the internet and political violence. In 2007, he was asked to participate in the annual Business in Africa conference held at the Harvard Business School.

From 2008-2013, Keating conducted several capacity building projects at the University of Liberia in Monrovia. More recently, from 2011-2013, Keating taught a seminar on Globalization and Development. In 2012-13, he was a consultant on media development for the State Department in Rwanda, Niger, Burkina Faso, and Cote d'Ivoire, while in 2013, he was a consultant on a major agriculture development project in Liberia sponsored by the Swedish Government. Keating has plans to teach a seminar on Media and Conflict in 2014.