Dr Michael Leube, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Economy – SMC University

Academic Credentials

  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Zageb
  • MA Anthropology, University of Vienna
  • BA Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley

Originally from Austria, Dr. Michael Leube grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where he received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1994. He then returned to Vienna to finish his M.A. in Anthropology at the University of Vienna in 1999. While studying at the Institute for Human Biology in Vienna, he had the privilege to work with Prof. Dr. Pavao Rudan, and decided to write his Ph.D. thesis under his guidance at the Institute for Anthropological Research in Zagreb. His thesis concerned anthropological theory and method as practiced in Berkeley, London and Vienna. He graduated in 2003.

In Vienna, Dr. Leube worked as a staff writer and reporter of politics and environmentalism for the Wiener Zeitung (November 1995-November 1997). In the summer of 1999, he participated in a nutritional and anthropometrical research project evaluating the intervention of international NGOs in the Lago Attitlan region, Guatemala for the Universidad Autonóma de Madrid and the Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala (June- August 1999). For the African Medical Research Facility (AMREF), he worked on research and assessment of primary and secondary schools as well as applied nutrition projects in Mombassa, Kenya (July 2001) and for Creative Handicrafts he worked with underprivileged women in the slums of Mumbay, India (Summer 2003).

Since January 2001, he has worked as professor of anthropology, sociology, demography, and international relations as well as developmental and cultural studies at various universities in Madrid. He has taught at: CAE Global House, City College of San Francisco, University of London Escuela International de Protocolo, the University of California and the University of Vienna. At the SMC in Vienna he works as a professor of International Relations and other courses concerned with cross cultural understanding and economic development. It is his belief that only with a sound theoretical and methodological base coupled with knowledge of foreign cultures can a manager maneuver successfully in a competitive, globalized world.

Academic Positions

  • Professor of Accounting & Finance – SMC University
  • Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Management, University of Dallas
  • Adjunct Professor, James Madison University (JMU), Harrisonburg, VA

Main Academic Interests

  • Sustainable Development
  • NGOs
  • International Relations
  • Cross Cultural Development
  • Sinister Science: The National Socialists and Anthropology around 1900, book project, forthcoming
  • Las Ramblas’ Lamas. An Interview with Palden Gyatso, Peace Magazine, Washington D.C., April 2002
  • Lamas auf Las Ramblas,  Schweizer Monatshefte, Zürich, March 2002
  • The Applied Nutrition Project of Eastern Kenya- An Initiative for Reducing Hunger and Malnutrition, Collegium Antropologicum, Zagreb: (co-author: Isabel Fernandez-Abad), December 2001
  • Dinge passieren nicht. Es hängt davon ab wer vorbei kommt.’ Über den ewigen Außenseiter Paul Bowles (Interview with writer Paul Bowles and intellectual history of the Beat generation), Conturen, Frankfurter Allgemeine book, Frankfurt, January 2000
  • An Anthropologist bows on: An Invitation to an Analysis of the Martial Arts as a System of ritualized fighting, University of California Martial Arts Program Monograph, Berkeley, November 1999
  • Ethnology as a Play: A Comparison of Two Schools of Thought at the Turn of the Century, Colloquium Anthropologium, Zagreb, April 1999