- J.D., Columbia Law School, 2008
- B.A., Northwestern University, 2003
Kaitlin Y. Cordes is an Associate Research Scholar at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, where she leads work on investments in land and agriculture. In addition, she focuses on the intersection of human rights and international investments, including the social impacts of FDI.
Prior to joining the center, she worked with the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch. She focused on farmworkers in South Africa. She also served as an adviser to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, concentrating primarily on large-scale land acquisitions, contract farming, and the rights of agricultural workers.
She is the co-editor of Accounting for Hunger: The Right to Food in the Era of Globalisation, Hart, 2011.