After growing up in the Middle East, Andrew Ward earned his B.A. in Comparative Religion from Mary Washington College, then taught English Literature at Polonia University in Częstochowa, Poland for three years. Meanwhile, he earned his Masters of Education from Framingham State College’s European campus. He moved to New Orleans in 2004 then earned his M.S. in International Development and a Ph.D. in International Economic Development from Tulane University. Along the way, Ward worked as a tour guide of the French Quarter for seven years and established and directed several nonprofit organizations in the New Orleans area. One of these is Voices for International Business and Education, which operates the International High School of New Orleans. He is the founder and director of the Wahida Unity Project which uses music and the arts to bridge the divide between the US and the Islamic World. He is also the co-founder and chairman of the largest music festival in East Africa, the HIV Awareness "iKnow" Concert Series in Uganda and Rwanda.
His areas of academic interest include designing and implementing innovative methods of large-scale behavior change in the so-called "developing world" - this includes Louisiana. He is currently working on a book about the perilous rise of religious nationalism across the globe; especially in the US and India.
Outside of academia, Professor Ward can be found emceeing music festivals around the world, and often imposing his original ukulele compositions on East African heads of state.
- POLC 2300 - Comparative Politics
- PSDV 2400 - Introduction to International Development
- POLC 3011 - The Rise of Christian Nationalism
- PSDV 3011 - Sustainable Tourism
- PSDV 3200 - Development Issues & Strategies
- PSDV 4330 - Post-Conflict Development
- SPHU 4550 - Capstone Independent Study
- POLS 5000 - Honors Thesis
- SBPS 7200 - Development Issues, Theories, and Measurement