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Yiagadeesen (Teddy) Samy

NPSIA Director and Professor of International Affairs

Phone:613-520-2600 x 1218
Office:5304 Richcraft Hall

Yiagadeesen (Teddy) Samy is a Professor of international affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University. He is currently the Director of NPSIA, a position that he has occupied since 2017. Prior to that, he served as Associate Director (MA program) from 2010 to 2016, and as Acting Associate Director (MA program) from 2008 to 2009. He first joined NPSIA in 2003 and has since taught graduate courses in development economics, international trade, macroeconomics, development assistance and quantitative methods.

Professor Samy’s research interests intersect the broad areas of international and development economics, and his current research focuses on domestic resource mobilization, fragile states, foreign aid, and deindustrialization and income inequality. His most recent books are African Economic Development (Routledge, 2018), co-authored with Arch Ritter and Steven Langdon, and Exiting the Fragility Trap: Rethinking Our Approach to the World’s Most Fragile States (Ohio University Press, 2019), co-authored with David Carment.

His research has appeared in journals such as the Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Third World Quarterly, International Interactions, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Foreign Policy Analysis and Applied Economics. Professor Samy is the recipient of a Research Achievement Award (2013-2014) and a Research Excellence Award (2008) from Carleton University.

Professor Samy holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Ottawa, an MA in Economics from the University of Toronto, and a BA (Hons.) in Economics and Mathematics from York University.


African economic development, domestic resource mobilization, foreign aid, fragile and conflict-affected states, deindustrialization and income inequality, small island developing states, trade and development.