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Rachel Beatty Riedl

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 and Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy.

Riedl’s research interests include institutional development in new democracies, local governance and decentralization, and authoritarian regime legacies in Africa.

Her newest book—From Pews to Politics: Religious Sermons and Political Participation in Africa, coauthored with Gwyneth McClendon—was published in September 2019. Authoritarian Origins of Democratic Party Systems in Africa (2014), her previous book, won the African Politics Best Book award. Riedl also cohosts the Ufahamu Africa podcast about life and politics on the African continent. 

Most recently, she was a fellow at the Nantes Institute for Advanced Study and a Fulbright scholar. Previously, she was director of the Program of African Studies and an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University.  

Cambodia winter program 2023 students with archaeology expert Ea Darith at the southern entrance to Angkor.

Spring 2023: Opportunities to Engage

From Rachel Beatty Riedl: "The Einaudi Center is excited to offer a spring semester full of programming on inequalities, identities, and justice and democratic threats and resilience. Please join us!" Read the Spring 2023 Einaudi Center News.

For Students: Engage with Einaudi

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