DJISSA, Gedeon

Gedeon Djissa is a Ph.D Candidate at School of International Development and Global Studies of the University of Ottawa in Canada. His research interests include education and health inequalities, poverty, social and economic policies in developing countries. He obtained a Research Master in Economics of Development and a Master in Development Projects Management from School of Economics of the University of Auvergne which is affiliated to the “Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches sur le Développement International-CERDI” in France. Gedeon holds a B.A in Economics from the University of Abomey-Calavi in Bénin. Besides his Ph.D study, he works as teacher and research assistant at the University of Ottawa (uOttawa). Prior to coming to uOttawa, he worked as Intern at the World Food Programme (WFP) headquarters in Rome (Italy) and at the National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (Irstea) in France. 




Mark Duerksen is an African Studies PhD student at Harvard University. Through a Boren Fellowship, he is continuing learning Yoruba and French in Benin while also beginning dissertation research on the history of housing forms and politics in Lagos, Cotonou, and the peri-urban region in between. His project is based on written, oral, and visual sources from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and is intended to offer context and possibilities for the contemporary urban housing challenges that West Africa faces. He can be reached at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




Sanata is a fourth year graduate student in the Princeton Politics department. Before coming to Princeton, she received her Bachelors in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland. Her research interests include the politics of clientelism and its relations to accountability and local governance.