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

Rohini Pande and Asim Khwaja

Rohini Pande, (left) and Asim Khwaja co-direct Harvard Kennedy School's Evidence for Policy Design. Photo Credit: Jon Chase, Harvard Gazette

Making Government Work:  Evidence for Policy Design program aids 13 nations in solving practical problems

It starts with the best of intentions. When policymakers push a new strategy or program, they usually do so believing their efforts will solve a problem or improve some vital aspect of life for the community. But when the rubber meets the road, things don’t always go as planned, especially in the developing world where administrative capacity, along with access to information and training, is weak.

Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) launched six years ago at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) with the belief that using economic insights to inform the design, implementation, and recalibration of policy solutions and working in close collaboration with local policy actors is the key to building governments that benefit all citizens. EPoD now runs research and policy partnerships in 13 countries, including India, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia, around important issues such as public health, education, labor, and finance, among others.

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