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Associate Faculty


Larry Douglas Brown

Sidney Kaufman Professor in Geophysics

Affiliations: Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, College of Engineering, and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences



Allen R. Carlson

Associate Professor of Government

Affliations: Department of Government, Department of Asian Studies, China Asia Pacific Studies Program, Comparative Muslim Societies Program, and East Asia Program


William Coffman

Academic Director and Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Teaching/Research Interests: Agricultural biotechnology, intellectual property, international agriculture, international development, and plant breeding and genetics 


Iago Gocheleishvili

Senior Lecturer of Near Eastern Studies

Geographic Reserach Area: Midle East

Teaching/Research Interests: Democracy in Modern Iran, Russo-Iranian Relations, Constitutional movements in the Middle East, Mongol Rule in the Middle East


Peter Hobbs

Adjunct Professor and Associate Director of IP-CALS Academic Program

Geographic Research Area: South Asia

Teaching/Research Interests: Tropical cropping systems, international agriculture and rural development, agroforestry systems


Sabrina Karim

Assistant Professor of Government

Geographic Reserach Area: Sub-Saharan Africa, Bangladesh

Teaching/Reserach Interests: Conflict and Peace Processes, and state building in the aftermath of civil war 


Barbara Lust

Professor of Human Development


Geographic Research Area: Sri Lanka.

Teaching/Research Interests: Cognitive Science, developmental psychology, and linguistics.


Alan Jeffrey Nussbaum

Professor of Linguistics and Classics


Geographic Research Area: Indo-Europe.

Teaching/Research Interests: Indo-European linguistics, and Greek and Latin comparative and historical linguistics.


Banu Oja

Resident Director, Cornell Nepal Study Program

Geographic Research Area: Nepal

Teaching/Research Interests: Nepali language and culture


Thomas Pepinsky

Associate Professor of Government

Geographic Research Area: Southeast Asia

Teaching/Research Interests: Relationship between economic interests and political outcomes, the interaction between domestic politics and the global economy, emerging markets, authoritarianism and regime survival, and political Islam in Indonesia and beyond


Jessica Ratcliff

Assistant Professor of Science & Technology Studies

Geographic Reserach Area: India

Teaching/Research Interests: History of science and technology, British empire from the 17th through the 19th centuries, science and the state, East India Company and the India Office in the nineteenth century.


Michael Tomlan

Professor of City & Regional Planning and Director of Historic Preservation Planning

Geographic Research Area: Asia, the Middle East, and Central and South America

Teaching/Research Interests: Relationships between museums and the public, and preservation, planning, and religion 



Michael Walter

Professor Emeritus of Biological and Environmental Engineering

Geographic Research Area: India

Teaching/Research Interests: Sustainable development, particularly the nexus of water and energy.


Michael Weiss

Professor of Linguistics

Geographic Research Area: Indo-European languages.

Teaching/Research Interests: Indo-European linguistics, especially the historical phonology and morphology of Greek, Latin and the Sabellic languages.