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The Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) leads the global search for innovative, effective means of governance in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. HKS faculty are actively engaged in cutting-edge research and also in the affairs of the world–shaping policy, advising governments, and helping to run major public and non-profit institutions.
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John W. Thomas served as faculty member at the Harvard Institute for International Development and the Harvard Kennedy School from 1968 to 2010 specializing in leadership, in managing policy change in developing countries, and in education for public service. For many years he was Faculty Chair of the Mason Fellows Program and taught courses on managing policy change and on working across borders. He also helped found the Lee Kuan Yew School in Singapore. Since retiring in 2010 he serves on the advisory committee establishing the Indonesia School of Government and Public Policy, the Advisory Council of the Somaiya Vidyavihar in India, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Brunei, an advisor to the Government of Ecuador on meritocracy in government service, a consultant to the Philippine Local Government Academy and to the Center for Public Leadership in Brazil, as well as the World Bank on case teaching. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Loon Echo Land Trust in the state of Maine, USA. He co-authored the award-winning book Public Choices and Policy Change: The Political Economy of Reform in Developing Countries. He received his MPA and Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Deb Hughes Hallett, Adjunct Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Arizona. Professor Hughes Hallett coordinates the Quantitative Methods instruction in the Summer Seminar. With Andrew M. Gleason at Harvard, she organized the Calculus Consortium for Higher Education, and is recognized for her work on innovation in the teaching of mathematics. She is the author or co-author of seven textbooks, which have been translated into several languages, and has won four teaching prizes given at Harvard, most recently the Manuel Carballo Award at HKS. She received the Mathematical Association of America's national award for Distinguished Teaching and a University of Arizona award for innovative teaching.
Merilee Grindle, Edward S. Mason Professor of International Development, and Director of Harvard's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.
Professor Grindle's research focuses on policymaking and public management in developing countries. Formerly, she was the Faculty Chair of the MPA programs and has been closely involved with the Mason Fellows for many years.