Professor N’Dri Thérèse Assié-Lumumba is President of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) and 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. In addition to being 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. Her membership includes 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, two Masters and two BAs (Licence) in Sociology and History, respectively, from Université Lyon II, Lyon (France) and has served as a senior advisor for numerous national and international development agencies, organizations including various units of the United Nations system and foundations.

A leading scholar, policy analyst and editor, or editorial committee member, of numerous prestigious professional journals, Professor Assié-Lumumba has written several articles in referred journals and book chapters, as well as major published and unpublished peer-reviewed reports. Her article “Educational and Economic Reforms, Gender Equity, and Access to Schooling in Africa” was published in the International Journal of Comparative Sociology and received the 2001 Joyce Cain Award for Distinguished Research on African Descendants by the Comparative and International Education Society.

Professor Assié-Lumumba 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 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 also 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).