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MPS Faculty Advisors

Students in the MPS in Global Development custom-build courses of study in consultation with their faculty advisors. A strength of our program is its flexibility; students are able to tailor their coursework to fill gaps based on previous studies, field experiences, and desired career paths. Below is a current list of Cornell University Global Development graduate field faculty members who advise MPS students and their areas of expertise and research interest.

  • Acevedo, Maricelis
    Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS), Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section; Project Director, Department of Global Development
    Research Interests: agricultural development, food security, plant biotechnology, sustainable agriculture and food systems 

  • Allred, Shorna
    Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Global Development 
    Research Interests: resource conservation and management 

  • Assié-Lumumba, N’Drie
    Professor, Africana Studies and Research Center 
    Research Interests: African and African diaspora education, comparative and international education, ICT, education and development policy, gender and equity issues, family and social structure 

  • Barrett, Christopher 
    Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Department of Global Development 
    Research Interests: development policy, economic analysis 

  • Basu, Alaka
    Professor, Department of Global Development
    Research Interests: population studies, gender, health, South Asian studies 

  • Basu, Arnab
    Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management 
    Research Interests: labor markets, crop pricing and adoption, eco-labeling, trade 

  • Bezner Kerr, Rachel
    Professor, Department of Global Development
    Research Interests: agroecology, climate change adaptation in agrarian contexts, gender and agriculture, sustainable agriculture, food security, health, nutrition and social inequalities, southern Africa 

  • Buck, Louise
    Senior Extension Associate, Department of Natural Resources 
    Research Interests: integrated landscape management, ecoagriculture, innovation systems 

  • Chau, Nancy
    Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management 
    Research Interests: international trade, economic development, regional economics 

  • Cherney, Debbie
    Professor, Department of Animal Science
    Research Interests: appropriate forage management, milk production, evaluating or improving laboratory or in vitro techniques to assess forage quality 

  • Christy, Ralph
    Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
    Research Interests: agricultural economics, development policy 

  • Colle, Royal
    Professor (emeritus), Department of Communication 
    Research Interests: development communication, community learning centers, communication strategy, engaged communication training, information and communication technology

  • Constas, Mark
    Associate Professor Applied Economics and Policy, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
    Research Interests: resilience dynamics, measurement and evaluation design, food and nutrition security

  • Eloundou-Enyegue, Parfait
    Professor, Department of Global Development
    Research Interests: population studies, international development, global inequality, education and social stratification, social change 

  • Evanega, Sarah
    Adjunct Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS), Plant Breeding and Genetics Section; Project Director, Department of Global Development
    Research Interests: agricultural biotechnology, science communication 

  • Finkelstein, Julia
    Assistant Professor, College of Human Ecology, Division of Nutritional Sciences 
    Research Interests: iron, vitamin B12, and folate in the etiology of anemia, adverse pregnancy outcomes, interventions to improve the health of mothers and young children, southern India 

  • Fiorella, Kathryn
    Lecturer, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
    Research Interests: public health, planetary health, environmental change, fisheries, food security, livelihoods, social-ecological systems, food systems 

  • Giroux, Sarah Carissa
    Associate Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Department of Global Development Lecturer and Research Associate, Department of Global Development 
    Research Interests: population and development, fertility, inequality, research methods, stratification and mobility

  • Gomez, Miguel *(not taking students in academic year 2019-2020)
    Associate Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Department of Global Development
    Research Interests: food marketing and distribution, supply chain analysis 

  • Grovogui, Miguel
    Professor, African Studies and Research Center
    Research Interests: theory, law, globalization, development, political economy

  • Hobbs, Peter
    Adjunct Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS), Soil and Crop Sciences Section
    Research Interests: agronomy, cropping systems, traditional agriculture, research and development in South Asia 

  • Huson, Heather 
    Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science ​​​​​
    Research Interests: genetic improvement of animal health and production, dairy cattle management and genetic evaluations, population structure and adaptation, genomic tool development, wildlife and indigenous population conservation, canine genetics

  • Kassam, Karim-Aly
    Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resources ​​​​​​
    Research Interests: adaptive sociocultural and ecological systems, Arctic studies, biocultural diversity, climate change, Central Asian studies, development studies, ethnobiology, food sovereignty and security, gender analysis, human ecology, indigenous knowledge, indigenous studies, Islamic studies, natural resource policy, participatory action research, pluralism, and ways of knowing 

  • Kiite, Ndunge
    Visiting Associate Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management 
    Research Interests: mobile technology, development communication, public health, agribusinesses in emerging markets. 

  • Krasny, Marianne
    Professor, Department of Natural Resources 
    Research Interests: environmental education, global on-line learning, civic ecology, environmental stewardship 

  • Kuruvilla, Sarosh 
    Professor, School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR), International and Comparative Labor
    Research Interests: collective bargaining, labor law, labor history, Asian industrial relations transformations 

  • Kyle, Steven 
    Associate Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
    Research Interests: macroeconomic policy, both in the U.S. and in low-income countries, studies of the economies of Portuguese-speaking African countries, outlook for the U.S. economy, management of transition economies in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

  • Lassoie, James
    Professor, Department of Natural Resources
    Research Interests: natural resources, development policy

  • Lauren, Julie
    Instructor, School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS), Soil and Crop Sciences Section
    Research Interests: soil fertility, conservation agriculture, grain legumes, rice-wheat, international agriculture, tropical cropping systems, improving extension/innovation approaches for smallholder farmers

  • Lee, David
    Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Department of Global Development
    Research Interests: agricultural policy, international trade, agricultural price policy, the interactions between international trade and economic development, research and technology effects in agriculture, policy impacts on resource use and management

  • Lehmann, Johannes
    Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS), Soil and Crop Sciences Section, Department of Global Development​​​​​​​
    Research Interests: soil fertility and nutrient management, ecosystems ranges from agriculture, agroforestry to forest successions

  • Leonard, Lori
    Professor, Department of Global Development
    Research Interests: gender and development, extractive industries, farm and food waste, waste to energy, garbage, recycling, re-use, and repair, transnational movements of secondhand goods, sub-Saharan Africa

  • ​​​​​​​Loucks, Daniel P.
    Professor, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs
    Research Interests: integration of economics, ecology, environmental engineering and other applicable disciplines into models for identifying and evaluating alternative natural resource development, management plans and policies

  • Mathiason, John
    Adjunct Professor, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs
    Research Interests: governance of climate change, Internet governance

  • McCouch, Susan
    Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS), Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
    Research Interests: plant breeding, molecular variation, gene banks, digital agriculture, rice, genomic prediction

  • McDonald, Andrew
    Associate Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS), Soil and Crop Sciences Section, Department of Global Development
    Research Interests: international cropping systems, sustainable intensification, environmental information systems for enhancing decision-making in agriculture

  • Ndulo, Muna
    Professor, Cornell Law School
    Research Interests: development policy, international nutrition, international planning, international population, science and technology policy

  • Nelson, Rebecca
    Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS), Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section, Department of Global Development
    Research Interests: plant genetics, pest management, agroecology

  • Osofsky, Steven
    Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences ​​​​​​​
    Research Interests: wildlife, health, conservation, one health, planetary health, biodiversity, sustainable agriculture, rural development, science policy 

  • Peters, Scott
    Professor, Department of Global Development
    Research Interests: action research, agricultural extension, community development, community organizing, community-university engagement, democracy, history of American higher education, narrative inquiry, science and education

  • Pingali, Prabhu *(on sabbatical/leave in 2019-2020)
    Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Department of Global Development
    Research Interests: applied economics and policy, international and development economics and policy 

  • Power, Alison
    Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    Research Interests: agroecology, pest management, ecological interactions between natural and agricultural ecosystems

  • P​ritts, Marvin
    Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS), Horticulture Section, Department of Global Development​​​​​​​
    Research Interests: sustainable production of specialty crops, soil health

  • ​​​​​​​Regenstein, Joe
    Professor (emeritus), Department of Food Science
    Research Interests: food chemistry, waste management, religious (kosher and halal) and ethnic foods, fish technology

  • Rizvi, Syed
    Professor, Department of Food Science
    Research Interests: engineering and processing of food systems, processing technologies, packaging and international food developments, value addition to agricultural commodities

  • Smith, Margaret
    Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS), Plant Breeding and Genetics Section, Department of Global Development
    Research Interests: varieties for small-holder farmers, farmer variety selection and conservation, participatory plant breeding, tropical crop production systems

  • Steenhuis, Tammo
    Professor, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering
    Research Interests: innovative ways of integrated watershed management

  • Thies, Janice
    Associate Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS), Soil and Crop Sciences Section
    Research Interests: soil microbial ecology, smallholder farming, soil health, biological nitrogen fixation, biochar

  • Tidball, Keith
    Senior Extension Associate, Department of Natural Resources
    Research Interests: natural resources in post conflict/post disaster, social - ecological systems resilience, human - nature interactions and dichotomies, therapeutic values of conservation and recreation for returning combatants

  • Tucker, Terry
    Senior Lecturer, School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS), Horticulture Section, Department of Global Development
    Research Interests: innovation systems in smallholder agriculture, higher education for development, participatory research, extension and rural advisory services, community development

  • Tufan, Hale Ann
    Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS), Plant Breeding and Genetics Section; Project Director, Department of Global Development
    Research Interests: gender in agriculture, gender in crop breeding, participatory crop breeding

  • Uphoff, Norman
    Professor (emeritus), Department of Government​​​​​​​
    Research Interests: agroecology, sustainable development, system of rice/crop intensification

  • Van Es, Harold
    Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS), Soil and Crop Sciences Section
    Research Interests: soil and water conservation, precision agriculture, environmental protection

  • Warner, Mildred
    Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning
    Research Interests: community development, economic development, state and local government policy

  • Weber-Shirk, Monroe *(taking students interested in projects directly related to AguaClara)
    Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Associate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Research Interests: sustainable, gravity-powered, community-scale drinking water treatment

  • Williams, Lindy
    Professor, Department of Global Development
    Research Interests: population, family formation, attitudes and experiences surrounding fertility in the US and the Philippines, overseas labor migration

  • Wolford, Wendy
    Professor, Department of Global Development
    Research Interests: political economy of development, social movements and resistance, agrarian societies, political ecology and conservation, land use, land reform, critical ethnography, Latin America

  • Yuan, Yu Connie
    Professor, Department of Communication, Department of Global Development
    Research Interests: intercultural communication, knowledge management