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Faculty Profile

Michael Fratantuono

Associate Professor of International Studies, Business and Management (1988)

Contact Information

Althouse Hall Room 217


Professor Fratantuono is interested in international economics, government-business relations, and U.S. foreign economic policy. He has worked as a project manager in the software development industry. He has also been visiting professor in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College.


  • B.A., Brown University, 1974
  • M.A., University of Rhode Island, 1982
  • Ph.D., University of Washington, 1988


  • Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2004-2005
  • Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2005-06

2019-2020 Academic Year

Fall 2019

INBM 200 Global Economy
Cross-listed with INST 200-03.

INST 200 Global Economy
Cross-listed with INBM 200-03.

SINE 400 Senior Sem in Soc Innov/Entrep
This capstone course builds on and integrates the key concepts of the introductory course in this certificate program by requiring students to reflect on, synthesize, and apply knowledge gained through their academic programs and experiential learning experiences. The focus will be on creating shared value, which simultaneously enriches social, ecological, and economic systems. Through exercises in strategy formulation and implementation, students will gain an appreciation for the challenges and rewards associated with conceiving and transforming innovative solutions into new products, services, and/or initiatives that change our world in meaningful ways. In imagining these pathways for success, we will also address the importance of compassionate leadership, tools that nurture vital social connections, and the power of our own agency.Offered every fall.

INST 401 Structure & Chg in Glob Syst
The course will introduce basic system concepts including elements (e.g., state, interstate, and non-state agents); interconnections (e.g., rules, norms and relationships) and purpose (e.g., enhance security). The concepts will serve as a framework for thinking about structure (e.g., existing hierarchies) and change (system alteration). In turn, the framework will suggest that system alterations may be influenced by re-calibrated national interests; capacities for self-organization by various stakeholders; and new perceptions of security concerns (i.e., human security, transnational security, ecological security) that may have arisen in past or are currently arising from technological, demographic, or ecological developments.