N’Dri Thérèse Assié-Lumumba

Professor & Director of the Institute for African Development
Cornell University

N’Dri Thérèse Assié-Lumumba is the Director of the Institute for African Development and Professor in Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University, where she was the Africana Studies Director of Graduate Studies and Director of the Program on Gender and Global Change. She is President of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformation (MOST), Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg (South Africa), and on the faculty of Abidjan Business School-École de Commerce (ABSEC) at Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny. She was a Carnegie Diasporan fellow at the University of Ghana, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo (Egypt), Visiting Professor at Hiroshima University (Japan), and Resident Fellow at the International Institute for Educational Planning in Paris (France). Her numerous awards include Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, Fulbright Senior Research Fellow, Cornell/Ford Foundation Fellow, 2010 Distinguished Africanist and 2017 Ali Mazrui Outstanding Publication/Book & Educational Activities Awards of New York State African Studies Association (NYASA), and Fellow of the Japanese Ministry of Education. Her extensive publications on higher education, indigenous knowledge, and equity/gender include her recently co-edited book:  Re-visioning Education in Africa: Ubuntu-Inspired Education for Humanity. She is the founding editor of Global Comparative Education: Journal of the WCCES. She earned her PhD in comparative education from the University of Chicago.  

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