Mark A. Constas

Mark A. Constas

  • 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 Constas is a professor of applied economics and policy in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and 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. Through his writing and leadership, Constas has contributed to work that explores how the concept of resilience may be theorized and operationalized as a focal point of measurement and evaluation for development assistance and humanitarian aid. He is particularly interested in advancing measurement approaches in applied settings where theoretical formulations can be put to the test and improved upon. In support of such work, he served as chair of the Resilience Measurement Technical Working Group, a global initiative under the auspices of The Food and Agriculture Organization and The World Food Program.

Constas regularly participates in expert panels on food security and resilience and has served as an advisor to several organizations in the United Nations system. His work has appeared in a selection of highly competitive peer-reviewed journals, including Nature, World Development, Global Food Security, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. His work has also been published by United Nations agencies, reaching policy audiences and implementers in developing countries.

Selected Publications

Recent Courses

  • AEM 2805 - Strategic Responses to Poverty and Hunger in Developing Countries

Academic Degrees

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