Past Directors

  • Mario Einaudi was the founder and first director of the Center for International Studies and served as the first director of the Center from July 1961 to January 1962 and for a second time from 1966-1968. He was internationally known for his work on contemporary European political systems. After his death in 1994, The NY Times remembers him as one who “spent most of his life explaining Europe to Americans and America to Europeans.” He was a member of Cornell’s Department of Government since 1946 and chairman of the department for much of that time. He was the first holder of the Walter S. Carpenter Jr. Professorship at Cornell University. After his retirement from teaching at Cornell, he devoted time to establishing the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi in Turin, Italy, which became a center of advanced research and training in the social sciences. He was a Goldwin Smith Professor of Government at Cornell University and was the oldest son of Luigi Einaudi, an economist who was the first president of the Italian Republic from 1948-1955. The Center was renamed in his honor in 1991. Mario Einaudi died in 1994 in Piedmont, Italy.


  • Stephen Muller was the director of the Einaudi Center from January 1962 to June 1966. He is currently a fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Muller is President emeritus of The Johns Hopkins University; co-chairman of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, a trustee of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and chair of the Education Committee of the Atlantic Council. He is also a member of the American Association of Rhodes Scholars, the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.


  • Douglas E. Ashford was the directior of the Einaudi Center from 1968-1969. He was a professor of public and international affairs in the Graduate School of Business and Public Administration at Cornell University. He served as the associate director of the Einaudi Center from 1966 to 1969 and as the director of the Program on Structural Change and Modernization (founded in 1965). Ashford consulted on aid and development and was an active researcher in development studies and community change throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s. He was the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Pittsburgh with joint appointments in the Department of Political Science and History. Douglas E. Ashford died in 1993 in Pittsburgh.


  • Milton J. Esman was the director of the Einaudi Center from 1969-1983. He was on the faculty of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Esman was previously director of the Economic and Social Development Program at Pittsburgh and served as an advisor to the government of Malaysia from 1967-1969. He was the organizer and first research director of the Inter-University Research Program in Institution Building, a consortium of four university centers studying the institution-building process. He received his doctorate in politics from Princeton University and is the author of numerous studies on administrative development of emerging nations. He was named the first John S Knight Professor of International Studies. He had a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Business and Public Administration and the Department of Government.


  • Davydd J. Greenwood was the director of the Einaudi Center and John S. Knight Professor of International Studies from 1983-1994. He is the Goldwin Smith Professor of Anthropology at Cornell University. He has been elected a Corresponding Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences. He was President of the Association of International Education Administrators. He also has served as a program evaluator for many universities and for the National Foreign Language Center. His work centers on action research, political economy, ethnic conflict, community and regional development, the Spanish Basque Country, Spain’s La Mancha region, and the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York where he carried out a 3 year action research and community development project with communities along the Erie Canal corridor. His current work focuses on the impact of corporatization on higher education with a particular emphasis on the social sciences.


  • Ron Herring was director of the Einaudi Center and John S. Knight Professor of International Studies from 1996-2002. He has worked mostly in and on South Asia, in fields of agrarian political economy and agrarian reform; ethnicity and conflict; political ecology and development; and social conflicts around science and genetic engineering. He has served as Chair of Cornell’s Department of Government and Acting Director of the Title VI National Resource Center for South Asia, . He was a founding faculty member and subsequently Director/Convener of Development, Governance and Nature at Cornell. Before Cornell, Herring was Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University and held visiting positions at the Universities of Chicago, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. He has been Editor of Comparative Political Studies, and remains on its editorial board, as on the boards of Contemporary South Asia, Critical Asian Studies and the Journal of Development Studies.


  • Nicolas van de Walle was director of the Einaudi Center and John S. Knight Professor of International Studies from January 2004 to June 2008. He is currently the Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Government and the Chair of the Department of Government at Cornell University. He is also a nonresident fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C. He has published widely on democratization issues as well as on the politics of economic reform and on the effectiveness of foreign aid and structural adjustment in poor countries, with special focus on Africa. In 2001, he was awarded the G.M. Luebbert Prize of the American Political Science Association for the best book in comparative politics. Van de Walle has also worked extensively as a consultant for a variety of international and multilateral organizations, including the World Bank, USAID, and UNDP. Van de Walle received his PhD from Princeton University in 1990 from the Woodrow Wilson School for International Studies. Before coming to Cornell in 2004, van de Walle was a professor at Michigan State University.


  • Gilbert Levine was the interim director of the Einaudi Center from 1988-1989, 1994-1996, 2002-2003, and 2009. Levine is professor emeritus of biological and environmental engineering. He joined the faculty of Cornell’s Department of Agricultural Engineering in 1952. During his tenure at Cornell he participated in the University of the Philippines/Cornell Program for three years, was the director of the Water Resources and Marine Sciences Center, director of the Center for Environmental Research, and associate director of the Einaudi Center. He joined the Ford Foundation in India after his retirement in 1983, where he served as coordinator for the Foundation’s Rural Poverty and Resources Program until 1986. Since his return to Ithaca, Levine has served several stints as interim director of the Einaudi Center as well as its Fulbright advisor since 2006. He has been a consultant to many organizations concerned with water issues and was a research fellow with the International Water Management Institute.


  • Fredrik Logevall, Stephen and Madeline Anbinder Professor of History, was director of the Einaudi Center and John S. Knight Professor of International Studies from January 2010 to June 2015 and Cornell’s Vice Provost for International Affairs from July 2013 to July 2015. Professor Logevall taught courses covering the history of U.S. diplomacy and foreign policy, the international history of the Cold War and the Vietnam War. He is the author of numerous books and articles on U.S. foreign policy in the Cold War era. His latest book, Embers of War: The fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam, published in 2012 by Random House, received the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in history and the 2013 Francis Parkman Prize, among other awards. He received his doctorate from Yale University in 1993. Logevall is a member of The American Library in Paris Writers Council and serves on more than half a dozen advisory boards. He is also currently the president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). As Vice Provost for International Affairs, he is charged with launching a series of strategic initiatives aimed at strengthening the university’s international dimension.