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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.

Professor, Integrative Plant Science, Plant Breeding and Genetics Section

Since August 2020, Margaret Smith has served as the director of the Cornell Agricultural Experiment Station and associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Her research is primarily on field corn, but also includes work on sweet corn.

Professor Emeritus, Chemistry

Dotsevi Sogah's research covers the design and synthesis of new polymers, preparation of protein-based polymers, and application of living polymerization methods to surface functionalization of nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes.

Associate Professor, Asian Studies

Suyoung Son is a literary and cultural historian of early modern China (1500-1900). Her research focuses on the narrative tradition and social practice of writing and reading in the historical conditions of print culture, commercialization, and urbanization.

Senior Lecturer, Asian Studies
Meejeong Song has experience teaching all levels of Korean at Cornell. Her research interests include Second Language Acquisition, web-based teaching material development, interactive student group project development, and technology-aided teaching methodology.
Professor, SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Kathryn Stam is a professor of anthropology at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. She serves as the coordinator of the online master’s program in information design and technology, and she teaches undergraduate anthropology.

Professor and Department Chair, Natural Resources and the Environment

As a faculty member in resource policy and management, Richard Stedman’s teaching, outreach, and research focus on the interaction between social and ecological systems.

Professor, Biological and Environmental Engineering

Tammo Steenhuis’s research is carried out over a trillion-fold scale range, from the transport of micro particles in soil pores to the effect of human interventions in the landscape on transport of water and sediment in large river basins.  He is also…

Faculty Associate in Research

Emiko Stock is a visual and historical anthropologist. Working with Chams (Cambodian Muslims) and Sayyids (descendants of the Prophet Muhammad), she traces passages between Sunnism and Shi’ism and Cambodia and Iran as a practice of history refracted in still and…

Senior Domestic Policy Advisor, Oxfam America
Patricia Stottlemyer is a human rights lawyer specializing in advocating for the U.S. to uphold its human rights obligations. She is a 2021–22 Global Public Voices fellow.
Professor, History and Classics
Graduate Student

Degree Pursued: MA

Anticipated Degree Year: 2021-2022

Committee Chair/Advisor: Tom Pepinsky

Discipline: Asian Studies

Primary Countries: Indonesia,…

Associate professor of History

Peidong Sun is a social and cultural historian of the post-1949 period in China.

Senior Lecturer, Asian Studies

Misako Suzuki is a senior lecturer in the Department of Asian Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Director, Comparative Muslim Societies Program

Eric Tagliacozzo is the John Stambaugh Professor of History at Cornell University. He is the director of the Einaudi Center's Comparative Muslim Societies Program and a core faculty member of the Southeast Asia Program and South Asia Program.

Visiting Scholar

Dr. Dipti Tamang is currently a Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Scholar in the South Asia Program, Cornell University, New York. She holds a PhD degree in the field of International Politics, Jawaharlal Nehru University and is employed as a permanent faculty in…

Emeritus Maxwell Upson Professor of Government and Adjunct Professor, Cornell Law School

Department of Government, College of Arts and Sciences.

Professor, Asian Studies

Keith Taylor became interested in Vietnam as a result of his U.S. Army service in the Vietnam War. He earned his PhD in 1976 at the University of Michigan. He subsequently taught in Japan and Singapore for several years before returning to the United States in 1987…

LACS Graduate Fellow ‘22-‘23

Charlie Tebbutt is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. He studies how rural communities shape and respond to the Colombian Amazon's changing natural environment.

Senior Lecturer, Asian Studies

Felicia Qiuyun Teng teaches intermediate and advanced Chinese language and literature. She previously served as an editor at Beijing Publishing House and as a journalist and editor for Beijing Publishing House's University Students magazine.

Professor, Policy Analysis and Management
Sharon Tennyson is the director of public affairs graduate studies and coordinator of Einaudi's Disasters research team.
Senior Lecturer, Spanish Language

Brisa Teutli's areas of interest include web-enhanced and computer-assisted instruction, material development, teaching methods, learning strategies, language lab operation, teacher training, and study abroad.

Professor, Law
Chantal Thomas directs the Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa at Cornell Law School. She is a 2021–22 Global Public Voices fellow.
Reppy Fellow 2022-2023

Mariah Thompson is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Africana Studies at Cornell University. Her research is at the intersection of legal and extralegal means for the social policing and control of black people in America through what she articulates as…

Graduate Student

Anna is a PhD student in Applied Economics and Management. Her primary research interest lies in looking into issues related to development and social mobility. She is interested in policy-oriented research that could aide in bridging the inequality gap.

Senior Extension Associate and Assistant Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension

Keith Tidball conducts integrated research, extension, and outreach activities in the area of ecological dimensions of human security. Tidball's work is focused on the interactions between humans and the rest of nature in the aftermath of disturbances such as…

Graduate Student

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2024

Committee Chair/Advisor: Imane Terhmina

Discipline: Romance Studies

Primary Language: French…

Graduate Student

Praveen is a PhD student at the Department of Comparative Literature. His work focuses on modern South Asian literary and intellectual history (with an emphasis on 20th century Sri Lanka), psychoanalytic theory, Buddhist modernist thought, and postcolonial studies…

Professor, Historic Preservation Planning

Geographic Research Area: Asia, the Middle East, and Central and South America

Teaching/Research Interests: Relationships between museums and the public, and preservation, planning, and religion 

Professor, Le Moyne College

Tooker, Deborah E., (Ph.D.

LACS Graduate Fellow '19-'23

Rafael Torralvo is a violinist and musicologist whose academic research focuses on the intersection between music, literature, and politics to analyze the construction of national identity in Brazil during the military dictatorship (1964-1985).

Senior Lecturer, Vietnamese

Thuy Tranviet has been teaching Vietnamese in the Department of Asian Studies since 2000. She teaches Vietnamese at all levels, including advanced courses in newspaper reading and Vietnamese contemporary literature.

Associate Professor, History

Geographic Research Area: India and Pakistan

Teaching/Research Interests: British Empire, legacy of Indo-Persian politics in colonial era, history of political and economic ideas, and the history of global…

Susan and Barton Winokur Professor in the Humanities

Enzo Traverso is a historian of modern and contemporary Europe. His research focuses on the intellectual history and the political ideas of the twentieth century.

Professor, Public and Ecosystem Health

Alexander Travis is director of ithe Master of Public Health program in the College of Veterinary Medicine. His research explores a diverse set of subjects related to one health: interdisciplinary work that links the functions and well-being of people, animals, and…

Assistant Professor, Latin American Studies and Romance Studies 
John and Dyan Smith Professor of Management and Family Business

Margarita Tsoutsoura is an associate professor and Smith Family Business Professor of Finance at the SC Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Graduate Student

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2022

Committee chair/advisor: Kathryn Fiorella & Bruce Lauber

Discipline: Natural Resources & the Environment

Associate Director, Global Development

Terry Tucker is a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Global Development. He serves as Co-Director of Graduate Studies for the MPS – Global Development program. His teaching and outreach work focuses on smallholder agriculture, especially farmers'…

Research Professor, Global Development
Hale Ann Tufan is interested in building gender-responsive agricultural research systems through curriculum development. She is a 2021–22 Global Public Voices fellow.
Graduate Student

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: Spring 2024

Committee Chair/Advisor: Mason Peck

Discipline: Aerospace Engineering

Professor Emeritus, Government and International Agriculture

Geographic Research Area: India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Bhutan

Teaching/Research Interests: development administration, irrigation management, local participation, agroecology, and strategies for…

Graduate Student

Kelsey is a PhD student in the Department of History. Her research focuses on commemoration and public history in late colonial and early postcolonial South Asia, with a particular interest in war memorials and military cemeteries.

Graduate Student

Palashi is a PhD student in the Information Sciences department at Cornell. Her research interests are located in technology policy, design and cultures. She works at the intersection of Information Science, Science and Technology Studies, and Anthropology.

Regional Scholar Affiliate

Judith Van Allen is a Regional Scholar Affiliate at the Institute for African Development at Cornell University and a long-time activist-scholar. She received her B.A from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in political…

Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science Soil and Crop Sciences Section

Harold van Es is a Professor of Soil and Water Management with extension, research and teaching duties.

Professor, SUNY-Buffalo State

Vida Vanchan is a professor at SUNY-Buffalo State. She holds a doctorate in international economic and business geographies and a master’s degree in international trade from University at Buffalo.

Visiting Fellow, Cornell Southeast Asia Program

Mesrob Vartavarian is a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University’s Southeast Asia Program. He studied history at UCLA (BA/MA) and Cambridge (PhD) and began his career as a scholar of early colonial South Asia but has since shifted his research focus to modern Southeast…

Assistant Professor, Information Science
Aditya Vashistha's research focuses on creating social computing technologies that empower underserved communities worldwide. He is a 2021–22 Global Public Voices fellow.
Assistant Professor, Anthropology 
Frederic J. Whiton Professor of Humanities, Performing and Media Arts

Amy Villarejo has published widely in cinema and media studies, with research on feminist and queer media, documentary film, Brazilian cinema, Indian cinema, American television, critical theory, and cultural studies. 

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Sofia A. Villenas is interested in how people teach and learn across home, school and community contexts, and how difference is constituted and made consequential in these endeavors. 

Professor, English

Helena María Viramontes is the author of The Moths and Other Stories and two novels, Under the Feet of Jesus and Their Dogs Came with Them. A recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the John Dos Passos Award for Literature, and…

Reppy Fellow 2022-23

Aleksandar Vladicic is a PhD student of government at Cornell University. His research interests include international and comparative political economy, with a focus on the politics of migration, international labor law, group identity, globalization and…

Graduate Student

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2022-2023

Committee Chair/Advisor: Sam Tilsen

Discipline: Linguistics

Primary Language: Indonesian…

Director of Collections, Cornell Library

Kizer S.

Director, East Asia Program and Associate Professor, Government

Jeremy Wallace is an associate professor in the Department of Government. He is the director of the East Asia Program for the term 2022-2025.

Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Government

Nicolas van de Walle's primary field is comparative politics. His teaching and research focuses on the political economy of development, with a special focus on Africa, on democratization, and on the politics of economic reform.

Professor Emeritus, Biological and Environmental Engineering

Geographic Research Area: India

Teaching/Research Interests: Sustainable development, particularly the nexus of water and energy
 

Graduate Student, Reppy Fellow 2021-22

Darren Wan is a PhD student in the History Department. His research focuses on the ways South Chinese and South Indian migrant workers articulated claims to citizenship in the early postcolonial states of Burma and Malaya.

Degree Pursued: …

Professor Emeritus, Economics

Henry Wan's research focuses on development under globalization, the economics of East Asia, industrial policy, and welfare economics of international trade. 

Professor of Human Development, Psychology, and Cognitive Science

Qi Wang is professor of human development, psychology, and cognitive science at Cornell University. She is the past associate director of the Cornell East Asia Program and former department chair of human development.

Graduate Student

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2026

Committee Chair/Advisor: Mara Du

Discipline: History

Primary Language: Chinese, Vietnamese

Professor, City and Regional Planning

Mildred Warner is an international expert on restructuring local government services, how to plan for more child- and age-friendly cities, and how to promote environmental sustainability at the local level.

Stephen H. Weiss Junior Fellow

Sara Warner is an associate professor of performing and media arts in the College of Arts and Sciences. The current director of Cornell's LGBT Studies Program, Warner is an affiliate faculty member in the Feminist, Gender, and Sexual Studies Program; Africana…

Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Patricia Wasyliw is assistant dean and senior associate director of international admissions in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Faculty Director, International Relations Minor

Christopher Way is an associate professor of government. He is faculty director of the Einaudi Center's international relations minor and a member of the peace studies minor faculty in the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Indonesia is a major focus of Andrew Weintraub's research, particularly the musical, narrative, and theatrical practices of Sundanese people in West Java.

Professor, Linguistics

Geographic Research Area: South Asia

Teaching/Research Interests: Indo-European linguistics, especially the historical phonology and morphology of Greek, Latin and the Sabellic languages

Associate Professor, Government

Jessica Chen Weiss is the author of Powerful Patriots: Nationalist Protest in China’s Foreign Relations (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Professor, SUNY-Albany

Meredith Weiss's research is in the field of comparative politics, focusing on Southeast Asia, especially Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia.

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Welker's research centers on the ethical relationship between business and society. Her first project was an ethnographic study of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) industry that creates and installs voluntary social and environmental codes of conduct and…

Associate Professor, SUNY-Cortland

Future teachers often travel in Orvil White’s science methods class. Some go back in time to their elementary school days and some head to Thailand, both studying forces of motion through roller coaster models and properties of water through optical illusions.…

Office Manager
Indira White serves as receptionist and all-around office support for the Einaudi Center. She holds a B.S. in speech-language pathology and audiology from Ithaca College.
Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Ava is recent graduate of John Hopkins University SAIS, where she received an MA in international economics and Southeast Asian studies. She has traveled all over Myanmar, having interned at the United States embassy in Yangon. In her free time, she loves to ride…

Professor, Linguistics

Whitman's main interest is the problem of language variation: its limits (how much specific subsystems can vary across languages) and predictors (what typological features co-occur systematically).

Graduate Student

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2027

Committee Chair/Advisor: Sarah Besky

Discipline: Anthropology

Primary Language: Konyak, Nagamese…

Reppy Fellow 2022-2023

Roderick Wijunamai is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology. His research interests include agrarian change, climate change, customary law, and food systems.

Professor, Anthropology

Andrew C. Willford is a professor of anthropology and Asian studies at Cornell University.

Faculty Director, Migration Studies Minor

Lindy Williams is a professor in the Department of Global Development. She is faculty director of the Einaudi Center's migration studies minor.

Graduate Student

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2017-2018

Committee chair/advisor: John Whitman

Discipline: Linguistics

Primary Language: Indonesian, …

Senior Lecturer, Romance Studies

Kora E. Bättig von Wittelsbach is director of the Cornell-in-Turin Summer Program in modern European politics and the recipient of the Carpenter Award for Distinguished Advising and Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Associate Professor

Geographic Research Area: India

Teaching/Research Interests: Environment, sustainable livelihoods, forest governance

Professor Emeritus, Linguistics and Asian Studies

Research Interests: Historical linguistics, lexicography, Austronesian linguistics

Assistant Professor, SC Johnson College of Business

Sarah Wolfolds is the Andrew M. Paul Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow and assistant professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Wolfolds's research examines the interaction between for-profit and nonprofit organizations in industries…

Vice Provost for International Affairs

Wendy Wolford is Robert A. and Ruth E. Polson Professor of Global Development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Her research includes work on international development, land use and distribution, social mobilization, agrarian societies, and critical…

Professor Emerita, Architecture

Geographic Research Area: India

Teaching/Research Interests: Modern and contemporary urbanism and architecture and comparative modernities in the global south and global north
 

Professor, Asian Studies

Ding Xiang Warner's research interests include Chinese literature and literary thought from Han dynasty through the early Song, early and medieval Chinese intellectual history, and the study of textual production and text culture in premodern China.

Adjunct Associate Professor, Government

XU Xin is the program manager for the China and Asia-Pacific Studies program (CAPS). His research and teaching focus on Chinese foreign policy and East Asian international relations.

Migrations Faculty Fellow

Stephen Yale-Loehr coleads the Einaudi Center's Migrations research team, focused on advancing the health of U.S. refugee and immigrant populations.

Assistant Professor

Duanyi Yang joined the faculty of the ILR School’s Department of Labor Relations, Law, and History after completing her Ph.D. at MIT Sloan School of Management. Her research investigates how organizational policies operate within different institutional contexts.…

Assistant Professor

Ivanna Sang Een Yi is a scholar of Korean literature, culture, and performance. Her research focuses on the performative dimensions of living oral traditions as they interact with written literature and the environment from the late Chosŏn period to the present.…

Graduate Student

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2026

Committee Chair/Advisor: Allen Carlson

Discipline: Government

Research Countries: General Southeast…

Program Manager

Joshua Young holds a doctorate in Japanese literature with a scholarly focus on early modern and modern performance and intellectual history.

Program Manager

Patricia Young is the Program Manager for the Institute for European Studies. She has a doctorate in Political Science from Rutgers University and a master's in Economics from the University of Victoria, Canada.

Retired Associate Director, Food and Nutrition Policy Program

Stephen Younger is currently a scholar in residence at Ithaca College's Department of Economics.

Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Professor in Chinese Law

Xingzhong Yu's academic interests include Chinese law and legal history, social theory, comparative legal philosophy, constitutional law, and cultural studies of law.

Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Kelly Zamudio is the Goldwin Smith Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and faculty curator of Herpetology at the Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates. Her research interests lie in the fields of population biology, population genetics, systematics, and…

Graduate Student

Degree Pursued: MA

Anticipated Degree Year: 2023

Committee Chair/Advisor: Keith Weller Taylor

Discipline: Asian Studies

Primary Language: Vietnamese…

Graduate Student

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2021-2022

Committee Chair/Advisor: Kaushik Basu

Discipline: Economics

Primary Language: Indonesian…

Curator Wason East Asian Collection

Liren Zheng is the curator of the Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia at the Cornell University Library. Previously he was the curator of the Dr. Shao You-Bao Overseas Chinese Research and Documentation Center, Ohio University Library.

Reppy Fellow 2021-22

Chencong Zhu is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology. His research broadly addresses the entanglement of developmentalism and militarization, with a geographic focus on the postwar China-Taiwan border.

Graduate Student

Degree Pursued: PhD

Anticipated Degree Year: 2020-2021

Discipline: Linguistics

Primary Language: Burmese, Tibetan, Chinese

Research Countries: …

Assistant Professor, Global Development

John Zinda studies social and environmental change, primarily in rural China.

Assistant Professor, Architecture

Sasa Zivkovic directs Cornell AAP's Robotic Construction Laboratory, an interdisciplinary research group investigating robotic based construction technology. He is a coprincipal of HANNAH, an experimental architecture practice based in Ithaca, New York.

Lecturer, Yale University

Eve Zucker’s research focuses on the aftermath of mass violence in Cambodia through the lenses of social memory, morality, the imagination, trust and everyday practices.