A staff with more than 20 years of experience in international education is available in the CDE building during weekdays and on call for emergencies throughout the year. The administrative staff assists in the admission process, issues visa forms, makes travel arrangements, arranges fieldtrips, guest speakers and special events, and the general operation of the CDE. The staff is also available for personal consultation with students.

Anand Swamy, Professor Economics

B.A. University of Delhi (1983)
M.A. Delhi School of Economics (1985)
Ph.D. Northwestern University, Economics (1993)

Professor Swamy has been the chair of the CDE since 2019.
email aswamy​@williams​.edu

Link to Professor Swamy’s homepage


Thomas Powers, Director

Harvard University, M.B.A., 1987
Williams College, B.A., Economics, 1981

Mr. Powers has managed the CDE’s finances, recruiting, admissions, and daily operations since he joined in 1999 as Director. For fifteen years before that, he worked in emerging markets finance in New York and London and also in municipal finance while based in San Francisco. He gained experience as a school administrator during service in the US Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, Africa, in the early 1980s.

email: [email protected]


Rachel Louis, Associate Director

Yale University, M.A., 1999
Yale University, M.E.S., 1999
Kenyon College, B.A., International Studies, 1992

Ms. Louis joined the CDE in 2008 following 7 years of employment at Williams College in the Center for Environmental Studies and the Project on the Economics of Higher Education. She works primarily in recruiting and admissions, guiding prospective candidates through the many steps of applying for admission and securing funding. She also works with fellows once they are enrolled to help them optimize their experiences at the CDE.

email: [email protected]

Lisa Koryushkina, Assistant Director

Brown University, PhD, 2011
Trinity College, B.A., Anthropology, 2000

Dr. Koryushkina joined the CDE in 2021 after many years of teaching Anthropology and Sociology at Williams College, Brown University, and MCLA. At CDE her main responsibilities are in the areas of alumni outreach, student services, and support. Additionally, Dr. Koryushkina assists in planning various CDE events aimed at connecting faculty, staff, the local community and CDE fellows in mutual intellectual and social exchanges pertaining to the Center.

email: [email protected]

Steven Wei, Program  Coordinator

Mr. Wei joined the CDE in 2021 after the completion of his internship at Harvard International Office as an operational assistant. Having recently graduated from Lesley University with a master degree of International higher education and Intercultural Relations, Mr. Wei entered the international higher education field with years of customer service experiences, as well as passions and enthusiasms for promoting positive learning experiences of the international students in the US. Here at CDE, Mr. Wei assists the directors and the professors with the program coordination, and provides CDE students with various help they need in their daily lives.

email: [email protected]

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