MPA/ID candidate Lucila Arboleya


The Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) is a place where ideas meet practice as scholars and practitioners conduct research into 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 Chile, 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 field 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 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 CGA, 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 into 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 Asim Khwaja
Matt Andrews Maciej Kotowski
Filipe Campante Dan Levy
Estelle Cantillon Eduardo Levy Yeyati
Jeffrey Frankel Tarek Masoud
Isabel Guerrero Pulgar Pippa Norris
Rema Hanna Rohini Pande
Ricardo Hausmann Ryan Sheely
Deb Hughes Hallett Michael Walton
Calestous Juma Michael Woolcock

Faculty Chair

Lant Pritchett

“By 2015, the universal primary education Millennium Development Goal (MDG) will be met in nearly all countries. However, millions of students still finish formal schooling without mastering basic literacy and numeracy. Schooling doesn’t necessarily produce learning or education,” wrote Lant Pritchett in From Schooling Goals to Learning Goals: How Fast Can Student Learning Improve? Center for Global Development Policy Paper, 2012 with Amanda Beatty (MPA/ID 2001).

Lant Pritchett, Professor of the Practice of International Development, is Chair of the MPA/ID Program. He co-teaches MPA/ID core course PED-101 Economic Development: Theory, Evidence, and Policy Design.

Isabel Guerrero

Isabel Guerrero began her career as a macroeconomist, designing policy reforms from the World Bank adjustment operations in the Philippines, Morocco and the Former Soviet Union; she also wrote the World Bank’s first Poverty Report on the Philippines.  Isabel was a manager in the Economic Development Institute, training government officials, parliamentarians and journalists on macroeconomics, decentralization and trade. Between 1997 and 2008, Isabel was a Country Director for Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and India. In that capacity she designed the World Bank Country Strategy for each of these countries, covering a wide range of sectors, including infrastructure, social development, environment, private sector development, rural development and livelihood programs, the financial sector, macroeconomics and trade policy. In 2013, she retired from the WB after five years as Vice-President for the South Asia region where she managed a US$39 billion dollar portfolio, a US$150 million administrative budget and US$6 billion in Trust Funds.

Isabel Guerrero teaches  PED-320M: Scaling Up for Development Impact. Scaling up is key to improve development effectiveness all over the world yet it is difficult to achieve. This will start by presenting an analytic framework for understanding scaling up and then discussing specific cases of scaling up by the private sector, the government, international agencies, social entrepreneurs and grassroots organizations.

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