Mark A. Constas

Mark A. Constas

  • Associate Professor

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Faculty Expertise

  • Resilience measurement with applications to poverty and food security
  • Evaluation design, impact evaluation, and assessment tools for program monitoring
  • Evidence-based policy for development and humanitarian assistance


Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management


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Mark A. Constas is an Associate Professor in the International and Development Economics group in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management at Cornell University. He is a Fellow of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition and a Fellow of the Atkinson Center for Sustainability. His research is focused on the development of assessment tools and evaluation designs to measure the ways in which households and communities situated in stressed and shock-prone contexts can achieve and maintain well-being. Across all of his work, Professor Constas is interested in exploring how to build better connections between evidence and action. As part of this work, he has served as chair of the Resilience Measurement Technical Working Group, an effort jointly coordinated by The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization and The World Food Program, with support from the European Union and the United States Agency for International Development. Professor Constas He is currently serving as Director of the Resilience Evidence for Decisions in Development Initiative (REDDI), an initiative that is part of the Global Network Against Food Crises. He regularly participates in expert panels on food security and measurement and has served as an advisor to several organizations within the United Nations system. His work has appeared in a selection of competitive peer-reviewed journals intended for academic audiences and in other publication outlets intended for policy audiences.

Selected Publications

Recent Courses

  • AEM 6125 - Impact Evaluation in Developing Countries
  • AEM 6991 - MPS Research Seminar I
  • AEM 2805 - Strategic Responses to Poverty and Hunger in Developing Countries
  • AEM 6010 - Writing Competitive Research Proposals

Academic Degrees

  • PhD Cornell University, 1987
  • BS Northeastern University, 1983