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More than 40 IAD-affiliated faculty from across Cornell conduct research and teach courses related to African development, and more than 300 IAD graduate fellows now work in government, NGOs, academic institutions, and international organizations on the African continent—a testament to the institute's diverse constituency and impact.

Graduate Fellow 2022-23
Afiavi Caca (Calista) Akibode is from Republic of Togo in West Africa and holds a master's degree in project management and economic development. 
Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

Christopher Alabi's research focuses on the assembly of new sequence-defined macromolecules that can be used to create stimuli-responsive materials, develop efficient drug delivery bioconjugates, and design potent antimicrobial agents.

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.
Graduate Fellow 2022-23

Addis Ayalew is an economist and has previously worked with the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange and the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Institute. His research focuses on development economics and public policy.

Professor, Applied Economics and Management

Chris 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.

Professor, Applied Economics and Management

Ralph Dean Christy teaches and conducts food marketing research and educational programs on the economic performance of markets and distribution systems.

Program Coordinator/UISFL Grant
Assistant Professor, Information and Computer Science

Nicola Dell is an assistant professor based at the Cornell Tech campus in New York City. Her research interests are in human-computer interaction and information and communication technologies and development.

Associate Professor, Comparative Literature

A scholar of sexuality, race, biopolitics, and postcoloniality, Diabate’s research explores African, African American, Caribbean, and Afro-Hispanic literatures, cultures, cinema, and new media.

Professor, Global Development

Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue's research covers three related areas: the sociology of education, social change, and the demography of inequality. A major focus in his current work is to refine existing frameworks for estimating the effects of demographic change on human capital formation.