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Faculty Leadership

Director, Institute for European Studies

Esra Akcan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture.

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.

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. 

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.

Director, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies

Rachel Beatty Riedl, our director since 2019, envisions the Einaudi Center as a home for imagining and implementing global research. She is the Einaudi Center's John S. Knight Professor of International Studies and professor in the Department of Government.

Director, South Asia Program

Iftikhar Dadi is an associate professor in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies.

Geographic Research Area: Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Middle East

Walter S. Carpenter Jr. Professor of International Studies

Peter Katzenstein is the Einaudi Center's Walter S. Carpenter Jr. Professor of International Studies in the Department of Government. His research and teaching lie at the intersection of the fields of international relations and comparative politics.

Interim Director, Southeast Asia Program

Thomas Pepinsky is an associate professor in the Department of Government and interim director of the Southeast Asia Program. He is also affiliated with the South Asia Program.

Director, Latin American Studies Program

Kenneth M. Roberts is the Binenkorb Director of the Latin American Studies Program and Richard J. Schwartz Professor in Cornell's Department of Government.

Director, Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies

Rebecca Slayton is an associate professor of science and technology studies. Her research and teaching examine the relationships among risk, governance, and expertise, with a focus on international security and cooperation since World War II.