Wiley worked on race relations in Zimbabwe 1961-63 and then conducted research on sociology of urban and rural environments in Zambia, Kenya, and South Africa 1968-2010. From 1968 to 1976 he was a sociology faculty member and director of the African Studies Program (1972-76)at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and from 1977 to 2008 served as director of the MSU African Studies Center and Professor of Sociology - and Acting Chair of the MSU Department of Sociology (2010-11).
International and Language Education for a Global Future: Fifty Years of the U.S. Title VI and Fulbright-Hays Programs, Senior Editor and author, East Lansing, MI: MSU Press, 2011
International Education in the New Global Era: Proceedings of a National Policy Conference on the Higher Education Act, Title VI, and Fulbright-Hays Programs, co-editor and author, Los Angeles: UCLA, 1982
Group Portrait: Internationalizing the Disciplines, co-editor and author, New York: American Forum for International Perspectives in Education and National Council for Foreign Languages and International Studies, 1990
Southern Africa: Society, Economy and Liberation, senior editor and author, East Lansing, Michigan: African Studies Center, MSU, 1982, 335 pp.
What are the Issues Concerning the U.S. Withdrawal from UNESCO, with Leonard Sussman and Nancy Risser, Washington, D.C.: U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, 1984
Africa, (with Marylee S. Crofts), 1984
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