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Yiagadeesen (Teddy) Samy

NPSIA Director

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

Yiagadeesen (Teddy) Samy is a Professor of international affairs and currently the Director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA). He joined NPSIA in 2003 and since then has 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 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. He currently serves on the Board of Impact, formerly known as Partnership Africa Canada.

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, income inequality, small island developing states, trade and development.