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More than 450 faculty from across Cornell come together at the Einaudi Center to imagine and conduct global research. Over 150 graduate and undergraduate students find resources, inspiration, and a global scholarly community through Einaudi's eight regional and thematic programs and minors.

Graduate Student

Ali is a student of applied economics and management. For his research, Ali focuses on issues related to public economics and development economics.

Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Lecturer, Asian Studies

Geographic Research Area: Nepal

Teaching/Research Interests: Teaching Nepali as a second language

Professor, Romance Studies
Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of German Studies
Graduate Student

Rama is a PhD student in Human Computer Interaction. His primary interests lie in the areas of education and development contexts (ICT4D). In particular, he tries to understand ways in which various communities use technologies for achieving their goals and design impactful solutions.

Associate Professor, Colorado State University

Ryadi Adityavarman is an associate professor in the Department of Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University. Adityavarman has a multidisciplinary academic background, including architecture, interior design, and historic preservation with professional practice experience in internatio

Associate Professor, Asian Studies

Nick Admussen is an associate professor of Chinese literature and the past director of the Contemporary China Initiative.

Professor, Entomology
Graduate Student

Farhana is a PhD student in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell. Her research intersects the fields of adaptation planning, water, and institutional reform in Bangladesh.

LASP Visiting Scholar

Leonardo Aires de Castro is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Political Science Program (PPGPol) in the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil. He is researching the impacts of right wing populist ascension in the women legislative agenda, comparing Brazil and United States.

Associate Professor, Industrial and Labor Relations

Ifeoma Ajunwa is an associate professor of labor and employment law, labor relations, and history in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations School and an associated faculty member of the Cornell Law School.

Director, Institute for European Studies

Esra Akcan is the Michael A. McCarthy Professor of Architectural Theory in the Department of Architecture and the Director of the Insitute for European Studies.

Graduate Student

Manasicha is pursuing a PhD in Asian literature, religion, and culture from the Department of Asian Studies at Cornell.

Web Manager

Brad Alderman manages the Einaudi Center's website and oversees sites across the Global Cornell web portfolio.

Associate Professor, History of Art and Visual Studies
Associate Professor, Natural Resources

Shorna Allred's research blends human factors and natural sciences to improve resource management and conservation.

Graduate Student

Degree Pursued: M.Arch.

Anticipated Degree Year: 2020-2021

Committee Chair/Advisor: Andrea Simitch

Discipline: Architecture

Primary Language: Tagalog

Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor, Gettysburg College

Matthew Amster is a cultural anthropologist and filmmaker with extensive experience working in Borneo and, more recently, has started a new project in Denmark.

Director, Institute for African Development

N’Dri Thérèse Assié-Lumumba is a professor of Africa and the African diaspora, comparative and international education, social institutions, African social history, and gender studies.

LASP Visiting Scholar 2020-21

Dario Azzellini holds a PhD in political science and sociology.

Director, East Asia Program

Andrea Bachner is a professor of comparative literature. She is the director of the East Asia Program for the term 2019-22 and a member of the East Asia Program executive committee. 

Graduate Student

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2024-25

Committee Chair/Advisor: N/A

Discipline: Performing and Media Arts

Primary Language: Tagalog, Japanese

Associate Professor, Performing and Media Arts and Asian American Studies

Christine Bacareza Balance's writings on former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos, Asian American YouTube artists, Bruno Mars, Glee’s karaoke aesthetics, and spree killer Andrew Cunanan have been published in Women and Performance, Journal of Asian American Studies (JAAS)

Associate Professor, Comparative Literature

Geographic Research Area: Russia, Eurasia, and India

Teaching/Research Interests: Technology and culture, energy and the environment, media studies, and migration studies

Professor, Cornell Law School
Professor Emeritus, Agricultural Economics and Asian Studies

Randy Barker is professor emeritus in the Department of Applied Economics and Management. He spent half of his career conducting research and teaching in Asia.

Professor, Applied Economics and Management

Christopher Barrett is Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management. He is an international professor of agriculture at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and a professor in the Department of Economics.

Associate Professor, Economics

Panle Jia Barwick is an associate professor in the economics department at Cornell University and a faculty research associate at National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research interests are empirical industrial organization, applied econometrics, and the Chinese economy.

Computer Systems Manager

Walt Baschnagel maintains the networking and computer systems for the Einaudi Center.

Program Manager

Daniel Bass also serves as an adjunct assistant professor of anthropology and Asian studies.

Geographic Research Area: Sri Lanka, India, and South Asian diasporas

Associate Professor, History
Professor, Global Development

Geographic Research Area: India

Teaching/Research Interests: Population studies, reproductive health and family planning, gender and development, child health and mortality, and culture and demographic behavior

Professor, Applied Economics amd Management

Geographic Research Area: India

Teaching/Research Interests: Development economics, field experiments, information economics, international trade, and labor economics

Carl Marks Professor of International Studies

Kaushik Basu is the Einaudi Center's Carl Marks Professor of International Studies and professor of economics at Cornell. Basu is president of the International Economic Association. From 2012 to 2016 he served as senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank.

Professor, City and Regional Planning

Victoria Beard is a professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning and associate dean of research.

Program Coordinator

Scott Beemer supports academic programming initiatives in the Einaudi Center. Prior to joining Einaudi, he served as office coordinator in the Office of Global Learning.

FLAS Fellow 2020-2021

Degree: MA, Asian Studies.

Research Interests: Nepal and the Himalaya, the intersectionality of tourism and development, and the politics and economics of expedition mountaineering.

Language: Nepali

Global Public Voices Fellow

Sherna Alexander Benjamin is a systems advocate, practitioner, facilitator, and consultant based in Trinidad and Tobago. As a 2020–21 Global Public Voices fellow, she is collaborating with Einaudi Center director Rachel Riedl.

Professor, Sociology
Associate Professor, International and Comparative Labor & Labor Relations, Law, and History

Geographic Research Interest: India, Himalayas

Teaching/Research Interest: Labor, environment, agriculture, political economy, history of science. 

Professor, Global Development

Rachel Bezner Kerr's research interests converge on the broad themes of sustainable agriculture, food security, health, nutrition, and social inequalities, with a primary focus in southern Africa. She has four major areas of research:

Graduate Student

Isha is a MS/PhD student in the Department of Global Development. Her research interests include the study of gender, as a system of knowledge and as practice, specifically in relation to patterns of fertility and the family, with a regional focus on India.

Graduate Student

Rohil holds a bachelor's degree in engineering and biotechnology. He completed his master’s degree in food science from Cornell.

Design and Production Assistant

May Lee contributes outstanding design expertise to the development of promotional materials for IES. She is pursuing a Master of Architecture degree and holds a B.S. in Architecture from McGill University.

Professor, Vassar College

Christopher Bjork earned his PhD in educational anthropology at Stanford University. Certified to teach both elementary and secondary school, he has worked as a classroom teacher in Japan and the United States.

Professor, Asian Studies

Anne M. Blackburn is a professor of South Asia studies and Buddhist studies in the Department of Asian Studies at Cornell University. She received her BA from Swarthmore College and MA and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago.

Curator and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Asian Studies

Geographic Research Area: Nepal

Teaching/Research Interests: History and texts of transregional South Asia, especially social, religious, political, and urban history of the Newar people of the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal

Graduate Student

Jocelyn is a PhD student and Tata-Cornell Institute Scholar in the field of international nutrition. She holds a BS in nutritional sciences and is a registered dietitian.