Co-Director: Ian Shapiro

Sterling Professor of Political Science; Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.

Ian Shapiro, a native of South Africa, has written widely and influentially on democracy, justice, and the methods of social inquiry.  Shapiro received his J.D. from the Yale Law School and his Ph.D from the Yale Political Science Department where he has taught since 1984 and served as chair from 1999 to 2004. Shapiro is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a past fellow of the Carnegie Corporation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Cape Town, Keio University in Tokyo, Sciences Po in Paris, the Institute for Advanced Study in Vienna, the University of Oslo, and Nuffield College, Oxford. His most recent books are The Real World of Democratic Theory;  Containment: Rebuilding a Strategy against Global Terror; and The Flight From Reality in the Human Sciences. His new book, Politics Against Domination, will be published by Harvard University Press in 2016. His current research concerns the relations between democracy and the distribution of income and wealth.


Co-Director: Michael Cappello MD

Professor of Pediatrics, Microbial Pathogenesis, and Public Health 
In addition to his medical school appointments, Dr. Cappello also chairs the Council on African Studies at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale and co-directs the Yale Africa Initiative. He graduated from Brown University with a degree in Biomedical Ethics and received his MD from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. After training in adult and Pediatric infectious diseases at Yale, he joined the faculty in 1995. Dr. Cappello oversees a laboratory and field based research program focused on the global health impact of infectious diseases. He is a 2007 recipient of the Bailey K Ashford medal, awarded by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene “for distinguished work in tropical medicine.” In addition to research, Dr. Cappello provides clinical care as an Infectious Diseases specialist at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. He is also co-founder of the Yale Partnerships for Global Health, an initiative that advances scientific knowledge, promotes international understanding, and builds human capacity through collaborative research and training. From 2007-15, Dr. Cappello directed the Yale World Fellows Program, a multi-disciplinary, campus-wide initiative whose mission is to cultivate and inspire a global network of leaders committed to positive change. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Administrative Support: Eddie Mandhry

Director for Africa
Eddie is responsible for supporting the university’s Africa initiatives by working with faculty to develop partnerships between Yale and African institutions in the private and public sectors, supporting admissions recruitment in Africa, building Yale’s alumni networks, and expanding press and social media coverage on the continent. Previously, Eddie was the Associate Director of NYU Africa House. He is a Carnegie New Leader and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He holds a BA in Political Science/African Studies from Hampshire College, and a MSc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

Administrative Support: Ewurama Okai

Woodbridge Fellow
Ewurama provides primary administrative, event and communications support for the Yale Africa Initiative, including managing online media presence, coordinating hospitality for African delegations, supporting African student life and organizing university-wide international programming. She also contributes more broadly to the administrative duties within the Office of International Affairs. As an undergraduate, she was heavily involved as a Senior Presenter and Interviewer for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and as Head Counselor for the Orientation for International Students (OIS) amongst other roles. Ewurama graduated with B.A. in Political Science from Yale College in May 2017.