Mark A. Constas

Mark A. Constas

  • Associate Professor

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Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management


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Mark A. Constas is an associate professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University and an international professor of agriculture and life sciences. His primary areas of expertise are in evaluation design and measurement, with applications to high poverty settings in developing countries. As a fellow of the Atkinson Center for Sustainable Future, he also maintains an interest in theories and practices related to sustainability. He also serves as a faculty fellow of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition, a university-wide, cross-national initiative designed to strengthen connections between agriculture and nutrition for India-focused interventions, programs, and policies. As a specialist in impact evaluation and measurement, his research seeks to develop and test approaches to measure resilience, particularly in situations where households and communities are exposed to recurring shocks. The aim of this work is to understand the ways in which households and communities achieve and maintain well-being in shock-prone contexts. Professor Constas 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. His work on resilience measurement has been published as articles in competitive peer-reviewed journals and as reports in publications sponsored by various agencies.

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
  • MS Cornell University, 1986
  • BS Northeastern University, 1983