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Name: N’Dri Thérèse Assié-Lumumba
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About Prof N’Dri Thérèse Assié-Lumumba

N’Dri Thérèse Assié-Lumumba is Professor at Cornell University in the Africana Studies and Research Centre and Director of the Cornell Institute for African Development (IAD). She is President of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES), Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of UNESCOS’s Intergovernmental Programme for the Management of Social Transformations (MOST), and past President of Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). Her past positions at other institutions include Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the American University in Cairo, Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Education Policy Studies at Stellenbosch University, Visiting Professor in the Center for International Cooperation in Education (CICE) at Hiroshima University in Japan, Resident Fellow in the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) in Paris, and Carnegie Diaspora Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Ghana. She has published extensively on various areas and levels of education, especially higher education and serves as editor or on editorial committees of numerous peer-reviewed journals. Her awards and academic distinctions include life-time Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, Fulbright Senior Research Fellow, Cornell-Africana Studies/Ford Foundation Fellow and member of scientific committees and senior advisor for numerous national agencies and international organisations;  she received the 2010 Distinguished Africanist Award and the 2017 Ali A. Mazrui Outstanding Publication/Book & Educational Activities Award of New York State African Studies Association (NYASA). Her article ‘Educational and Economic Reforms, Gender Equity, and Access to Schooling in Africa’ published in the International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Vol. XLI, No. 1, 2000, won the 2001 Joyce Cain Award for Distinguished Research on African Descendants, which recognizes “an outstanding article that demonstrates academic rigor, originality, and excellence, and contributes to a better understanding of the experiences of African descendants”. She studied at Université d’Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Université Lyon II (Université Lumière-France), Université Laval (Canada) and University of Chicago (USA) where she earned her PhD in Comparative Education (Economics and Sociology).

Recent publications and forthcoming publications:

Assié-Lumumba, N. T. and Dianteill, E. (eds.) Les sciences sociales face à la pandémie de COVID19:  État des connaissances et propositions d’action. UNESCO (forthcoming, 2022).

Assié-Lumumba, N.T. (ed.) African Renaissance: Practicality in the 21st Century with Indigenous Knowledge and Fusion by Choice. Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press. (forthcoming, 2022).

Assié-Lumumba, N.T., Cross, M., Bedi K. and Ekanayake, T.M.S.S.K (eds.) Comparative Education for Global Citizenship, Peace and Shared Living through uBuntu. WCCES-Brill Book Series. (forthcoming, 2022).

Boyce Davies, C. and Assié-Lumumba, N.T. Pan African Connections: Personal, Intellectual, Social. Trenton (New Jersey): Africa World Press, 2021.

Ndulo, M.  & Assié-Lumumba, N.T. (eds.) Education and the Development of Human Capital: Outcomes for Equity and Governance in Africa. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.

Amoako E. & Assié-Lumumba, N.T. (eds.) Re-visioning Education in Africa: Ubuntu-Inspired Education for Humanity. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018.