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Steven Watts

Adjunct Faculty
School of Public Policy


Dr. Steven Watts was previously a doctoral research fellow at the Graduate School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, concentrating on Islamic cultural, theological and economic theory; cross-cultural conflict resolution; multinational corporate citizenship and leadership; and the development of new cross-cultural management theory designed to address the strategic risk that poverty and corruption poses to multinational corporations operating in developing countries.

Watts's primary areas of teaching expertise and research include: the creation of functioning societies in developing countries at risk of becoming failed states; international cultural, economic and political implications of an emerging global Islamic Union; technology and its application for the eradication of poverty and corruption in developing countries; strategic issues of natural, intellectual, and cultural resource management; terrorism and global economic security; Middle East and African cultural, economic, and religious risk analysis; cross-cultural leadership development; strategic community collaboration; cultural organization design; and socioeconomic risk mitigation. The focus of his current research is on developing new management and public policy theory extending the work of Peter Drucker in relation to the concept of creating functioning societies in countries at risk of becoming failed states with a specific emphasis on Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Sudan. Watts has been active as an international management, culture, and economic consultant to Fortune 100 multinational corporations and government, religious, and tribal leaders.

Watts received his bachelor's degree in Economics and an MBA from the University of Houston, a master's degree and Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, and is completing a Masters in Dispute Resolution at the Straus Institute at Pepperdine University. He is an invited speaker on corporate citizenship, strategic social responsibility, global resource management, and Islamic culture and economics. He has taught classes on Islamic Economics, Culture and Transformation, Energy Economics, and Drucker Management Theory at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Management School of Management at Claremont Graduate University and Fuller Theological Seminary.


  • PhD, Cultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • MA, Cultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • MBA, University of Houston
  • BA, Economics, University of Houston


  • Culture and Transformation
  • Energy Economics
  • Global Resource Management
  • Religious Risk Analysis