David Rawson

David Rawson, PhD

Visiting Scholar



A former United States ambassador to the countries of Mali and Rwanda – and someone who served as a U.S. Foreign Service officer for 28 years – joined the College of Business as a visiting scholar in 2018. David Rawson taught at Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan, the previous 19 years as a professor of political economy.

Prior to that, Rawson worked in the U.S. Foreign Service as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Mali (1996-99) and the Republic of Rwanda (1993-96). He worked previously in positions ranging from director of the Office of West African Affairs (1989-91) to serving as deputy chief of mission for the American Embassy in Somalia (1986-88).

Rawson began his international career in 1971 as a desk officer for Rwanda and Burundi. His academic career began as an assistant professor of political science at Malone College in Canton, Ohio (1965-71). He has authored two books: The Somali State and Foreign Aid and Prelude to Genocide: Arusha, Rwanda, and the Failure of Diplomacy, as well as various articles and book chapters on international affairs and conflict resolution.


PhD, International Relations and Comparative Government, American University
MA, International Relations, American University
BA, History, Malone College