N’Dri Thérèse Assié-Lumumba is an internationally renowned Professor of African, African Diaspora and Comparative/International Education, social institutions, gender at Cornell University (New York, USA) where she is also a member of the graduate fields of Education; Global Development, and the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs (CIPA). She is the President of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES), Vice-President of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of UNESCOS’s Inter-governmental programme for the Management of Social Transformations (MOST), and past President of Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). She has served as Director of the former Cornell Program on Gender and Global Change (GGC) and as Africana Studies Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). She is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Johannesburg and Extraordinary Professor at the Stellenbosch University (South Africa), Professor at the Abidjan Business School-École de Commerce (ABSEC) at Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and Research Affiliate at the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance of the University of Houston (Houston, Texas). She has been a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow, Ford Foundation/Africana Studies Fellow, Carnegie Diasporan Fellow at the University of Ghana, , Distinguished Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, Visiting Professor at Hiroshima University (Japan), Chercheur Associé in Centre de Recherches Architecturales et Urbaines (CRAU) at Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, and Resident Fellow at the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) in Paris, France. She is a member of many research networks including CODESRIA.
Professor Assié-Lumumba has published extensively articles in peer-reviewed journals on higher education, ICT, equity, gender, and knowledge production. Her authored, edited and co-edited books include Re-visioning Education in Africa: Ubuntu-Inspired Education for Humanity; Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Retrospect – Africa’s Development Beyond 2015; Women and Higher Education in Africa: Re-conceptualizing Gender-Based Human Capabilities and Upgrading Human Rights to Knowledge (translated in Spanish and French); Higher Education in Africa: Crises, Reforms, and Transformation; Cyberspace, Distance Learning, and Higher Education in Developing Countries: Old and Emergent Issues of Access, Pedagogy, and Knowledge Production; African Voices in Education. Les Africaines dans la Politique: Femmes Baoulé de Côte d’Ivoire. She has received many academic awards and honors. She studied at Université d’Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Université Lyon II (France) earning 2 Licenses and 2 Maîtrises in History and Sociology, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Education (Economics and Sociology) from the University of Chicago (Chicago, USA).