MPA/ID Student


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 El Salvador, Ethiopia, 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 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, 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

Asim Khwaja, MPA/ID Faculty Co-Chair

Lant Pritchett, MPA/ID Faculty Co-Chair

Alberto Abadie

Maciej Kotowski

Matt Andrews

Dan Levy
Filipe Campante

Tarek Masoud

Ishac Diwan

Pippa Norris

Jeffrey Frankel

Rohini Pande

Rema Hanna

Ryan Sheely

Ricardo Hausmann

Petia Topalova

Deb Hughes Hallett

Michael Walton

Calestous Juma Michael Woolcock

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Faculty Co-Chair

Asim Khwaja

Professor Asim Ijaz Khwaja is the faculty Co-Chair of the MPA/ID Program and Sumitomo-FASID Professor of International Finance and Development at the Harvard Kennedy School. His areas of interest include economic development, finance, education, political economy, institutions, and contract theory/mechanism design.

Professor Khwaja co-teaches MPA/ID core course PED-101 Economic Development: Theory, Evidence, and Policy Design.

Faculty Co-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 Co-Chair of the MPA/ID Program. He co-teaches MPA/ID core course PED-101 Economic Development: Theory, Evidence, and Policy Design.