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N'Dri Assie-Lumumba



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N’Dri Thérèse Assié-Lumumba, Immediate Past-President of Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), is a Professor of African and Diaspora education, comparative and international education, social institutions, African social history, and the study of gender in the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University. She joined Cornell in 1991 as a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow and Ford Foundation/Africana Studies Fellow. She is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. She has served as Director of the Cornell Program on Gender and Global Change (GGC) and as Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) of the Africana Studies. She is also a member of four other Cornell graduate fields: Education; Global Development (International Development; International Agriculture and Rural Development); and the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs (CIPA). 

Professor Assié-Lumumba earned her Ph. D. in Comparative Education (Economics and Sociology of Education with Pi Lambda Theta Honors) from the University of Chicago, Chicago (Illinois) in 1982, two Masters and two BAs (Licence) in Sociology and History, respectively, from Université Lyon II, Lyon (France) between 1973 and 1975. She is fluent in English, French and Baoulé/Twi/Akan and has working skills in Spanish and Portuguese. 

She has been a Visiting Professor in the Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education (CICE) at Hiroshima University, Hiroshima (Japan) and a Distinguished Visiting Professor, American University in Cairo (Egypt). She is Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Johannesburg (South Africa), Extraordinary Professor in the Education Policy Studies at the Stellenbosch University (South Africa), a Diasporan Fellow in the department of Sociology (UG-Carnegie Diaspora Programme) at the University of Ghana, Chercheur Associé at Centre de Recherches Architecturales et Urbaines (CRAU) at Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), and Research Affiliate of the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance of the University of Houston, Houston (Texas). She is co-founder and Associate Director of the Pan-African Studies and Research Center in International Relations and Education for Development (CEPARRED), Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire). Prior to coming to Cornell, Professor Assié-Lumumba was a Resident Fellow in the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) in Paris (France), held a teaching position and served as administrative/academic director in the Lomé (Togo) CIRSSED doctoral program in education that trained researchers and administrators in education for francophone countries. She held also research and teaching positions in other institutions, including the planning unit of the Ministry of National Education of Mali in Bamako (Mali), Bard College and Vassar College (New York).

Professor Assié-Lumumba’s research interests include: higher education; information and communication technologies; educational innovations; knowledge production; human resource development; education finance; equality of educational opportunity; gender and education; family and social institutions/structures; African history with a focus on the European expansion and the colonial and contemporary periods. She is a leading scholar and policy analyst who has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed/referred journals and chapters in books carried by prestigious publishers and major published and unpublished peer-reviewed reports. Her article “Educational and Economic Reforms, Gender Equity, and Access to Schooling in Africa” that was published in the International Journal of Comparative Sociology, received the 2001 Joyce Cain Award for Distinguished Research on African Descendants offered by the Comparative and International Education Society. She is the editor, or editorial committee member, of numerous professional prestigious journals. Her monographs, edited and co-edited books include: Les Africaines dans la politique: Femmes Baoulé de Côte d’Ivoire (L’Harmattan, Paris 1996); African Voices in Education (Juta Publishers, Lansdowne, South Africa 2000); Cyberspace, Distance Learning, and Higher Education in Developing Countries: Old and Emergent Issues of Access, Pedagogy and Knowledge Production (Brill, Leiden and Boston 2004);Higher Education in Africa: Crises, Reforms and Transformation (CODESRIA, Dakar 2006); Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Retrospect - Africa's Development Beyond 2015 (Springer, London 2015). One of her edited book Women and Higher Education in Africa: Reconceptualizing Gender-Based Human Capabilities and Upgrading Human Rights to Knowledge, (CEPARRED, Abidjan 2007) has been translated into Spanish (IEPALA, Madrid 2010) and French (l’Harmattan, Paris 2013) with translations for future editions in Portuguese, Arabic, and Chinese. Her forthcoming edited book is entitled African Higher Education in Transition: Recurrent Impediments, Emerging Challenges and New Potentialities (CODESRIA, Dakar).She is working on several individual and collaborative research projects including: generations of African intellectuals; Gender and Disciplinary Clusters in African Universities; Education and African Renaissance; ICT, Global Agencies and Democratization of Education in Africa; Higher Education, Migration and African Women in North America; Differing Patterns of Gender Imbalance in Higher Education in Africa and the African Diaspora; and Ubuntu Epistemology and Humanist Education on a Global Scale.

Professor Assié-Lumumba has worked in, and traveled to, many countries in North and South America, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe and throughout the African continent where she is familiar with social contexts and is involved with institution building and human resource development. She has served as a senior advisor for numerous national and international development agencies, organizations including various units of the United Nations system, foundations, and youth organizations. She enjoys working directly with people in a great variety of institutional and social settings.