MPA/ID candidate Lucila Arboleya


The Harvard Kennedy School is a place where ideas meet practice as scholars and practitioners conduct research on pressing public policy problems and share their insights with students. In addition to research and teaching, our faculty is actively engaged in the affairs of the world - shaping public policy, advising governments, and helping to run major institutions in the United States and abroad. The learning in our classrooms reflects this reality.

HKS is home to a large and distinguished faculty working in international development. They come from a range of countries (such as Brazil, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey, and Venezuela), and varied disciplines (such as economics, political science, public administration, and law). Faculty members teaching in the MPA/ID Program are leaders in their fields of scholarship. Their research is changing the ways in which problems of poverty and underdevelopment are analyzed and approached.

What particularly distinguishes our faculty members is that they are scholars and practitioners. Over the course of their careers, members of our faculty are likely to hold full-time positions in government or international organizations. In addition they serve as advisors to:

  • Governments in countries such as Albania, Botswana, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Uruguay
  • International organizations such as the Asian Development Bank, IMF, UN, and the World Bank
  • NGOs such as Oxfam, Pratham, and the Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa

Harvard University's Center for International Development (CID), housed at HKS, serves as the intellectual home of faculty who conduct research on pressing public policy problems, in collaboration with colleagues throughout the world, to address the core intellectual challenges of sustainable development. This exchange of ideas results in a number of collaborative papers, as well as contributions to individual research. CID also provides opportunities for student involvement through research, Friday luncheons, seminar series, travel grants, and special events.

Below is a list of MPA/ID core faculty members. These and other scholars and practitioners make our faculty the strongest in the world in this field. The links below provide some background information on our core faculty's interests and experience.

MPA/ID Core Faculty 

Lant Pritchett, MPA/ID Faculty Chair  
Alberto Abadie Robert Lawrence
Matt Andrews Dan Levy
Michael Callen Eduardo Levy Yeyati
Filipe Campante Tarek Masoud
Akash Deep Pippa Norris
Jeffrey Frankel Rohini Pande
Isabel Guerrero Pulgar Carmen Reinhart
Rema Hanna Dani Rodrik
Ricardo Hausmann Martin Rotemberg
Deb Hughes Hallett Ryan Sheely
Calestous Juma Ran Shorrer
Asim Khwaja Lawrence Summers
Jeni Klugman Michael Walton
Maciej Kotowski David Yanagizawa-Drott
Michael Kremer  

Faculty Feature

Rema Hanna

Debunking the Myth of the Lazy Welfare Recipient

"Despite much of the rhetoric that cash transfer programs lead to a massive exodus from the labor market, we do not find overwhelming evidence to support these claims," Professor Rema and her co-author write.

Rema Hanna is the Jeffrey Cheah Professor of South-East Asia Studies at Harvard Kennedy School and a member of the Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) research program at the Center for International Development, Harvard University. In addition, Hanna is a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), an affiliate of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), and an affiliate at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).

Faculty Feature

Ricardo Hausmann

What Should We Do About Inequality?

"Inequality is the result of many different phenomena. Some of them should be a source of policy concern while others should not. My main problem is the inequality that arises from differences in productivity—namely, differences in productivity across regions, across cities, within cities and across social groups," writes Prof. Ricardo Hausmann.

Ricardo Hausmann is Director of Harvard's Center for International Development and Professor of the Practice of Economic Development at the Kennedy School of Government. He teaches the elective course PED-309 Development Policy Strategy.

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