Azizou Atte-oudeyi is a PhD student in African Religions/Christianity studies in the Department of Religion at Rice University. Azizou graduated Cum Laude in 2011 with a BA in International Studies from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. Azizou was 2011-2013 Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellow and graduated from Brandeis University in 2013 with a MA in International Sustainable Development. Azizou joined the Foreign Service at the Department of State the same year and worked as a diplomat in Côte-d'Ivoire and Ethiopia until joining the Department of Religion in 2018. While in Côte-d'Ivoire, Azizou had a life changing event which completely changed the direction of his life. His current research interests concern contemporary African Christianity, economic development, Weber and the protestant ethics, the relation between the Christian faith and the economic development in Europe, and the bible.

African Religions
Christian Theology
Economic Development

Academic History:
M.A. Sustainable International Development, Brandeis University, 2013
B.A. International Studies, American International College, 2011
B.A. American Literature, Université de Lomé, Togo, 1997

"Religion and Development: The Christian faith on economic development in Africa"