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The International Advisory Board (IAB) will oversee the Research Committee and the Academic Planning Committee. It includes well established professors from several prestigious universities across the globe. The International Advisory Board members bring their own set of expertise in one or more of ASE’s research centers and academic departments, and together form a well-rounded Board. The IAB members are:

Dr. Jeremy Adelman

Dr. Jeremy Adelman is a Professor of History at Princeton University, Director for the Council for International Teaching and Research, and the Chair for the Fund for Canadian Studies. He studies the history of Latin America in comparative and world contexts. Over the years, he has focused on economic, legal, and political transformations, especially in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He was the chair of the History Department for four years and occupies the Walter Samuel Carpenter III Professor in Spanish Civilization and Culture.

After graduating from the University of Toronto, he earned a master’s degree in economic history at the London School of Economics (1985) and completed a doctorate in modern history at Oxford University (1989). Author of several books, he won the American Historical Association’s Atlantic History Prize with his book Republic of Capital: Buenos Aires and the Legal Transformation of the New World (1999). Professor Adelman is also the editor of three books and coauthor, with colleagues in the History Department, and elsewhere of Worlds Together, Worlds Apart (2008), a history of the world from the beginning of humankind. He has been the recipient of the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and the ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship.

Dr. Elisabeth Asiedu

Dr. Elizabeth Asiedu is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Kansas, and was the Associate Department Chair and the Director of Graduate Studies from 2007-2009. She has received several teaching/mentoring awards at the University of Kansas, including The Outstanding Woman Educator Award, the Kemper Teaching Award, the Byron Shutz Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Woman of Distinction Award. She is also the President-elect of the African Finance Economic Association and an Associate Editor of The Journal of African Economies. Professor Asiedu received her B.S. (Hons) from the University of Ghana, her M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and her PhD in Economics also from UIUC.

Professor Asiedu’s research focuses on Foreign Direct Investment, Foreign Aid and HIV/AIDS. In 2007, she was one of ten recipients of The Emerging Scholar Award, awarded by Diverse Magazine. Her work has been published in leading scholarly journals, including The American Economic Review, The Journal of International Economics, and The Review of Economics and Statistics. Her work is also cited in several international publications, including the Report of the Commission for Africa (The Tony Blair Report) presented at the G8 Summit in 2005, the 2006 Economic Report on Africa produced by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and the 2008 UNCTAD World Investment Report.

Dr. N'Dri T. Assié-Lumumba

Dr. N'Dri T. Assié-Lumumba is a Professor of African and Diaspora education, comparative and international education, social institutions, African social history, and the study of gender in the African Studies and Research Center at Cornell University. She has been a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science since 2006. In 1996—97 she served as Director of the Cornell Program on Gender and Global Change (GGC). She is also a member of four other Cornell graduate fields: Education, 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) from the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (U.S.A.) in 1982, two Masters and two undergraduate degrees in Sociology and History, respectively, from Université Lyon II, Lyon (France) between 1971/72 and 1974/75. She studied also at Université d’Abidjan, Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) and Université Laval, Québec, (Canada). She is Chercheur Associé at Centre de Recherches Architecturales et Urbaines (CRAU) at Université de Cocody, Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), and Research Affiliate of the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance of the University of Houston, Houston (Texas, U.S.A.). She is co-founder and Associate Director in charge of the gender unit of the Pan-African Studies and Research Center in International Relations and Education for Development (CEPARRED), Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire). In 2003, she was a Visiting Professor in the Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education (CICE) at Hiroshima University, Hiroshima (Japan).

Dr. Emmanuelle Auriol

Dr. Emmanuelle Auriol is a Professor of Economics at the University of Toulouse. Prior to that, she was an Associate professor at Ecole Polytechnique of Paris, a Visiting Professor at MIT, a Professor of Economics at University of Aix-Marseille, an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Toulouse, a Post-doctorate at the UERG, University of California at Berkeley and a Teaching Assistant in Bachelor program at the University of Toulouse.

Her research interests are: Regulation, Theory of Organization, Industrial Organization and Development Economics. She was elected as a member of the European Economic Association Council in 2009. She is a member of the Executive Committee of European Union Development Network since 2007. She was a Junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France from 2003 to 2008. In 2003, she was awarded the Bronze Medal of the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research). In 2002, she was nominated for the Best Young Economist Prize of the French national newspaper Le Monde.

Emmanuelle Auriol holds a Ph.D. in Economics, University of Toulouse, Master of Economy and Diploma of "Magistère d'Économiste Statisticien" (with honors).

Dr. Christopher Avery

Dr. Christopher N. Avery, Roy E. Larsen Professor of Public Policy, teaches analytic courses in microeconomics and statistics at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He studies rating and selection mechanisms, focusing on the college admissions system. His research has been published in several prestigious journals such as the Journal of Economic Review, the American Economic Review or the Journal of Business. His first book, The Early Admissions Game, coauthored with Andrew Fairbanks and Richard Zeckhauser, was published by Harvard University Press in March 2003. In his current research, he studies college application patterns and college enrollment choices for high school students.

Dr. Avery completed a PhD in economic analysis at the Stanford Business School. He holds a Diploma in Mathematical Statistics from Cambridge and an A.B. with Summa Cum Laude Honors in Applied Mathematics from Harvard.

Dr. Timothy Besley

Dr. Timothy Besley is School Professor of Economics and Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is also a Visiting Professor at the Institute for International Economic Studies at Stockholm University. From September 2006 to August 2009, he served as an external member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee. He is also the Gluskin-Granovsky Fellow in the Institutions, Organizations and Growth Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).

Professor Besley was educated at Aylesbury Grammar School and Oxford University where he became a prize fellow of All Souls College. He taught subsequently at Princeton before being appointed Professor in the economics department at the LSE in 1995. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the British Academy, and the European Economic Association. He is also a foreign honorary member of the American Economic Association and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2010 he served as the President of the European Economic Association. Professor Besley is a past co-editor of the American Economic Review, and a 2005 winner of the Yrjö Jahnsson Award of the European Economics Association which is granted every other year to an economist aged under 45 who has made a significant contribution to economics in Europe. His research, which mostly has a policy focus, is mainly in the areas of Development Economics, Public Economics and Political Economy.

Dr. Brandice Canes-Wrone

Dr. Canes-Wrone is a Professor of Politics and Public Affairs in the Department of Politics and Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Dr. Canes-Wrone's research interests include political institutions, elections, political economy, judicial politics, and the US presidency. She is the author of numerous articles in leading journals of political science and the award-winning book Who Leads Whom? Presidents, Policy, and the Public (University of Chicago Press 2006).

Professor Canes-Wrone's current projects include ones on judicial elections, the economic effects of electoral cycles, and congressional elections. She is a Principal Investigator of the NSF-funded program Empirical Implications of Theoretical Methods and serves on the boards of the American National Election Studies, American Journal of Political Science, Public Choice, and Presidential Studies Quarterly.

Dr. Anne Case

Dr. Anne Case is the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and a Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Economics Department at Princeton University. She is also the Director of the Research Program in Development Studies and a Faculty Fellow in two research centers sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School, the Center for Health and Wellbeing, and the Office of Population Research.

Dr. Case's main research interests are in microeconomic foundations of development, health, and economics of the family. She is currently serving as an external member of the World Bank's research committee, as a member of the UNAIDS Economic Reference Group, and is an affiliate of the Southern African Labour and Development Research Unit at the University of Cape Town, and a visiting scientist at the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from the State University of New York at Albany, an M.P.A. degree from the Woodrow Wilson School, and a Ph. D. in economics from Princeton.

Dr. Angus Deaton

Dr. Angus Deaton is the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Economics Department at Princeton University. His current research focuses on the determinants of health in rich and poor countries, as well as on the measurement of poverty in India and around the world. He also maintains a long-standing interest in the analysis of household surveys. His main current research areas are in health, wellbeing, and economic development. He is the recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics.

He is a British citizen, and previously taught at Cambridge University and the University of Bristol. He is a corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the Econometric Society and, in 1978, was the first recipient of the Society's Frisch Medal. He was President of the American Economic Association in 2009.

Dr. Mamadou Diouf

Dr. Mamadou Diouf is a professor of Western African history at Columbia University, where he has also served as Director of the Institute of African Studies at SIPA and has been instrumental in its recent reorganization. Diouf holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. Prior to teaching at Columbia, he taught at the University of Michigan and before that at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal. Diouf also serves on the editorial board of several academic journals, including the Journal of African History, Psychopathologie Africaine, and Public Culture.

His research interests include the urban, political, social, and intellectual history of colonial and postcolonial Africa. His most recent books are La Construction de l’Etat au Sénégal, written with M. C. Diop & D. Cruise O’Brien and published in 2002 and Histoire du Sénégal: Le modèle islamo-wolof et ses périphéries, published in 2001. He is currently editing Rhythms of the Atlantic World with Ifeoma Nwanko and New Perspectives on Islam in Senegal: Conversion, Migration, Wealth, Power and Femininity with Mara Leichtman.

Dr. Esther Duflo

Dr. Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at MIT and a founder and director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a research network specializing in randomized evaluations of social programs, which won the BBVA Foundation "Frontier of Knowledge" award in the development cooperation category. Duflo is an NBER Research Associate, serves on the board of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), and is Director of the Center of Economic Policy Research's development economics program. Her research focuses on microeconomic issues in developing countries, including household behavior, education, access to finance, health and policy evaluation.

Dr. Duflo completed her undergraduate studies at L'Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris in 1994, received a master's degree from DELTA in Paris in 1995, and completed a PhD in Economics at MIT in 1999. Upon completing her MIT PhD she was appointed assistant professor of economics at MIT, and has been at MIT ever since, aside from being on leave to Princeton University in 2001-2002.

Dr. Duflo has received numerous academic honors and prizes including the David N. Kershaw Award (2011), the CNRS Médaille de L’Innovation (2011), the John Bates Clark Medal (2010), a MacArthur Fellowship (2009), the inaugural Calvó-Armengol International Prize (2009), the "Best French Young Economist Prize" (Le Monde/Cercle des économistes, 2005) and the American Economic Association's Elaine Bennett Prize for Research (2003). In 2008-2009 she was the inaugural holder of the international chair "Knowledge Against Poverty" at the Collège de France.

With Professor Abhijit Banerjee, Duflo is the co-author of “Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty”, which won Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award in 2011. Duflo currently serves as the founding editor of the AEJ: Applied Economics.

Dr. Wilfrid Gangbo

Dr. Gangbo is a Professor of Mathematics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests include: Calculus of Variations; Nonlinear Analysis; Partial Differential Equations; Kinetic Theory; Functional Analysis; and Fluid Mechanics. Dr. Gangbo is the founder of "EcoAfrica," association of scientists involved in several projects in support of African countries. EcoAfrica was founded in 1990 in Switzerland and currently has six members. In the past years, EcoAfrica received funds mostly from Swiss institutions such as DDA, a Swiss Goverment Agency. Among other things, EcoAfrica has organized several workshops in Applied Mathematics in Senegal and intends to do the same in other countries in Africa.

Dr. Bo Honoré

Dr. Bo Honoré is currently serving as Director of the Gregory C. Chow Econometric Research Program at Princeton University and he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Danish National Research Foundation. He conducts research in econometrics, and has served on the editorial boards of Econometrica, Journal of Econometrics, Review of Economic Studies, Econometric Theory and Economic Letters.

Professor Honoré earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. He has taught at Northwestern University, and has held Visiting Positions at the University of Chicago and the University of Copenhagen. Professor Honoré is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and has served as Director of Graduate Studies, Director of Graduate Admissions, Associate Chair and Chair of the Department of Economics at Princeton.

Dr. Jean-Francois Laslier

Dr. Jean-Francois Laslier is a Professor in the Department of Economics and the Director of the Econometrics Laboratory at the Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau, Paris, France. He is also a researcher from the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), a government-funded research organization under the administrative authority of France's Ministry of Research. He was elected Member of the Council of the Society for Social Choice and Welfare from 2004 to 2009.

His research interest is in Social Choice Theory, Game Theory, and Experimental Economics, for applications to the theory of democracy. In particular he is interested in voting rules, voters’ behavior, and parties strategies. Jean-Francois Lasliers holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Conservatoire National de Arts et Metiers, France (CNAM), a Master’s of Advanced Studies in Applied Mathematics from the University Paris Dauphine, and a Statistician Economist degree from the Paris Graduate School of Economics, Statistics and Finance (ENSAE), France.

Dr. Evan S. Lieberman

Dr. Lieberman is Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Liberman's work in the field of comparative politics has focused on ethnic politics, state-building, public policy, public health, and development, especially in Africa. He also writes and teaches about comparative research methods. His current research investigates the consequences of institutionalized ethnic categories around the world, the effects of an information intervention on citizen mobilization and literacy in East Africa; and the governance of infectious disease and basic services in Southern Africa. He is the author of Boundaries of Contagion: How Ethnic Politics have Shaped Government Responses to AIDS (Princeton University Press 2009) and Race and Regionalism in the Politics of Taxation in Brazil and South Africa (Cambridge University Press 2003). His work has also appeared in the American Political Science Review, Annual Review of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Politics & Society, Studies in Comparative International Development, and Journal of Development Studies.

Dr. Lieberman is recipient of the 2010 Giovanni Sartori Book Prize for qualitative and multi-method research, the 2004 Mattei Dogan Prize for best book in Comparative Analysis; the 2002 Gabriel A. Almond award from the American Political Science Association for best dissertation in the field of comparative politics; and the 2002 Mary Parker Follett award given by the APSA Politics & History section for the best article or book chapter. He was a Fulbright fellow in South Africa in 1997-98, a Robert Wood Johnson policy scholar at Yale University in 2000-02, and has received funding from the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation, and the Macarthur Foundation.

Dr. John Londregan

Dr. John Londregan Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He is the Director of the Graduate Program in Political Economy. Dr. Londregan is a specialist in the development and application of statistical methods in political science. He has also done extensive analysis of Chilean legislative and electoral politics since the transition from the Pinochet dictatorship to democracy. Londregan is the author of Legislative Institutions and Ideology in Chile, as well as a contributor to numerous journals and edited volumes. Professor Londregan received the Miller Prize for Best Paper in Political Analysis, Vol. 8 in 2000.

Dr. Stephen Morris

Dr. Stephen Morris is an economic theorist and game theorist especially known for his research in the field of global games. In 2007 he became the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics at Princeton University. He is the editor of Econometrica for the period 2007-2011.

Dr. Morris obtained a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics at Cambridge University in 1985 and a Ph.D. in Economics at Yale University in 1991. He became an Assistant Professor at University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and an Associate Professor in 1996. In 1998 he moved to Yale as a full professor. In 2005 he became the Irving Fisher Professor of Economics at Yale. He moved to Princeton University in 2005, where he became the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics in 2007.

Dr. Morris is the founding editor of the BEPress Journals of Theoretical Economics and the editor of Econometrica for the period 2007-2011. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society since 2002 and was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005. He obtained the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for 2005-2006.

Dr. Nathan Nunn

Dr. Nathan Nunn is the Paul Sack Associate Professor of Political Economy at the Department of Economics, Harvard University. Professor Nunn was born in Canada, where he received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2005. Professor Nunn’s primary research interests are in economic history, economic development, political economy and international trade. He is an NBER Faculty Research Fellow, an Affiliate of BREAD, and a Faculty Associate at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA). He is also currently an associate editor for the Canadian Journal of Economics, Journal of Comparative Economics and Journal of International Economics. In 2009, Professor Nunn was selected as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and grant recipient.

One stream of Dr. Nunn’s research focuses on the long-term impact that historic events can have on current economic development. His current research examines the specific channels through which the slave trade affects current development within Africa. A second stream of Professor Nunn’s research focuses on the importance of hold-up and incomplete contracting in international trade. He has been published in several leading journals including the Journal of Development Economics, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Economic Review, and the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics.

Dr. Kasso Okoudjou

Dr. Kasso Okoudjou is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, University of Maryland, College Park since 2010. Prior to that, he was a Humboldt Fellow in the Institute of Mathematics at University of Osnabruck (2010 – 2011). He was also Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Maryland, College Park (2006 - 2010) and H. C. Wang Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Cornell University (2003 – 2006).

He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Georgia Institute of Technology (August 2003), a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology (May 2003) and a Master’s in Mathematical Sciences from Universite Nationale du Benin (1996). His research interest is Pure and Applied Harmonic analysis including time-frequency and wavelet analysis and their applications to signal processing, nonlinear PDEs, and analysis on fractals.

Dr. Una Okonkwo Osili

Dr. Una O. Osili is Director of Research at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. She is the current Chair of the Research Committee of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, and is a member of the Research Committee of the Lake Institute for Faith and Giving. She also directs the Center on Philanthropy Panel Study (COPPS). Dr.Osili also serves as Associate Professor of Economics and Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University and is a member of the graduate school faculty at Indiana University. In 2007, she was a Visiting Associate Professor of Economics at Yale University.

Dr. Osili has served as a member of the Social Science Research Council, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the United Nations Development Program. In 2006, she received the Stevenson Fellowship from the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council. She is also a consultant with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, has worked for the World Bank and served on the Research Committee of the Association for Research in Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations (ARNOVA) and the Board of the African Finance and Economics Association (AFEA). She has served as a past or current board member for several nonprofit organizations, including the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis and the Immigrant Welcome Center.

Dr. Osili is a prolific researcher with an extensive body of published research. She earned her B.A. in Economics at Harvard University, and her M.A., and Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University.

Dr. Jean-Philippe Platteau

Dr. Jean-Philippe Platteau is a Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences (FUNDP Namur, Belgium), in the department of economics. Since its creation in 1994, Jean-Philippe Plateau has been the director of the Centre for Research in the Economics of Development (CRED) at the University of Namur.

Jean-Philippe Platteau is Chairman of the European Development Network (EUDN). He is also a member of the Scientific Commission for Economics and Management, Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS), Chairman of the scientific council for PhD schools in economics and management, Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS), a member of the network ThReD (Theoretical Research in Economic Development) and a member of the Board of Global Development Network (GDN).

His research has been concerned with the understanding of the role of institutions in economic development, and the processes of institutional change, especially under the joint impact of population growth and market penetration. The influence of non economic factors and various frontier issues at the interface between economics and sociology, are a central focus of his research projects. He holds a Ph.D. in economics, a Master in Economics and a BA. in Economics from University of Namur.

Dr. Lemma W. Senbet

Dr. Lemma W. Senbet is the William E. Mayer Chair Professor of Finance at the Smith School of the University of Maryland and Director of the Center for Financial Policy. Prior to his arrival at the University of Maryland, he held an endowed chair at the University of Wisconsin and taught as a visiting professor at Northwestern University, University of California – Berkeley, and New York University. He was also a distinguished research visitor at the London School of Economics.

Dr. Senbet has been an influential member of the global community of finance scholars for over 30 years. His chief research interests are in the areas of corporate finance, international finance, agency, and financial contracting. He has advised the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, African Economic Research Consortium, and other international institutions on issues of financial sector reform and capital market development.

He also served as an independent director for the Fortis Funds and currently is an independent director for The Hartford Funds. He was inducted as Fellow of the Financial Management Association International for his career-long distinguished scholarship and professional service. Professor Senbet has been elected (twice) director of the American Finance Association and is a past president of the Western Finance Association. He holds a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, a Doctor of Letters (Honorary) from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and a MBA from UCLA.

Dr. Wole Soboyejo

Dr. Wole Soboyejo Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. He is also the Director of the US/Africa Materials Institute and a founding member of African Renaissance Institute in Science and Technology (ARIST). Professor Soboyejo was educated at King’s College London and the University of Cambridge and worked at The McDonnell Douglas Research Labs in St. Louis 1988. Before joining Princeton in 1999, he taught at Ohio State and MIT. His research focuses on experimental studies of biomaterials and the mechanical behavior of materials. Current areas of interest include micromechanical machines, nanoparticles for disease detection, biomedical systems for prostheses, and cardiovascular systems, infrastructure materials, and alternative energy systems.

Dr. Soboyejo will advise on partnerships with Anglophone universities across Africa.

Dr. Christopher Udry

Dr. Christopher Udry is the Henry J. Heinz, II Professor of Economics at Yale University. He is a development economist whose research focuses on rural economic activity in sub-Saharan Africa. He has conducted extensive field research in West Africa on technological change in agriculture, the use of financial markets, asset accumulation and gift exchange to cope with risk, gender relations and the structure of household economies, property rights and a variety of other aspects of rural economic organization. He spent two years as a secondary school teacher in northern Ghana, and has been a visiting scholar at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria and at the University of Ghana at Legon. At Yale, Udry has directed the Economic Growth Center and served as the Chair of the Department of Economics. He teaches graduate courses on development economics, and undergraduate courses on economic development in Africa.