Cissé, Jennifer

Associate Academic Officer

Selected NON-UNU Publications
  • Jennifer Cissé
    The Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII)

    Research Interests

    • Agricultural and Climate Risk
    • development
    • Risk Finance and Insurance


    • Ph.D., Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University
    • M.A., International Relations, The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
    • B.A., Mathematics, Smith College


    • Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA), American Economic Association (AEA), American Geophysical Union (AGU), Committee on Women in Agricultural Economics (CWAE), Econometric Society

    Biographical Statement

    Dr. Jennifer Cissé is an Research Manager on Climate Risk Finance and Resilience for the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII), hosted by UNU-EHS, supporting ongoing work on Small Island States in the Caribbean and Pacific and the development of new insurance products to protect vulnerable populations against extreme weather risk. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University, where her doctoral research focus on resilience estimation and the impact of insurance on resilience.

    Prior to joining MCII, Dr. Cissé was a Senior Risk Advisor in the Bureau for Food Security at USAID. She has previously worked for Catholic Relief Services and as a consultant for both Catholic Relief Services and Lutheran World Relief.

  • Articles

    • Jennifer Denno Cissé and Christopher B. Barrett. 2018. “Estimating Development Resilience: A Conditional Moments-Based Approach,” Journal of Development Economics.
    • Mulubrhan Amare, Nathaniel D. Jensen, Bekele Shiferaw, Jennifer Denno Cissé. 2018. “Rainfall Shocks and Agricultural Productivity: Implication for Rural Household Consumption,” Agricultural Systems.
    • Joanna B. Upton, Jennifer Denno Cissé, Christopher B. Barrett. 2016. “Food Security as Resilience: Reconciling Definition and Measurement,” Agricultural Economics.