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.

Eddie Mandhry

Director for Africa, Office for Global Strategy

Eddie Mandhry is director for Africa at Yale University. Working out of Yale’s Office for Global Strategy, he is responsible for supporting Yale President, Peter Salovey’s, Africa Initiative by working with faculty across the university to develop strategic partnerships between Yale and African centers of academic excellence, as well as the private and public sectors.

Prior to joining Yale, Eddie was the Associate Director of NYU Africa House an interdisciplinary institute focused on economic development research around the impact of Market Information System technology in improving livelihoods of small holder farmers. He is a Carnegie New Leader and has served on the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He’s a member of Aspen Institute’s Society of Fellows, and Chatham House. 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: 

Woodbridge Fellow