Fritz Mayer

Fritz Mayer

Dean, Josef Korbel School

What I do

Dr. Frederick ‘Fritz’ Mayer is the dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. His research interests include international trade and economic globalization and the role of storytelling in politics and collective action.

Professional Biography

Dean Mayer's research interests include international trade and economic globalization and the role of storytelling in politics and collective action. He has published two single-author books, four educational publications, and numerous articles and chapters. He is affiliated with the American Political Science Association, the International Studies Association, and the Association of Public Policy and Management. Prior to DU, Dean Mayer served as professor of public policy, political science, and environment; associate dean; director of the Center for Political Leadership, Innovation and Service; and director of the Program on Global Policy and Governance at the Terry Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Dean Mayer is the chair of the Denver Council on Foreign Relations.

Mayer received an A.B. in history and literature from Harvard College, and an M.P.P. and a Ph.D. in Public Policy, both from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


  • Ph.D., Public Policy, Harvard University, 1988
  • MPP, Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 1984
  • AB, History and Literature, Harvard University, 1978