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 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.

Faculty Profile

Carmen Reinhart

“Should countries with a heavy debt burden and little prospect of repayment receive debt forgiveness?”

“This is an old question with modern resonance. Despite the policy relevance and controversy surrounding this issue, surprisingly little is known about the characteristics and the economic impact of sovereign debt relief.” A new Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Faculty Research Working Paper provides an historical analysis of sovereign debt relief over two distinct time periods and sheds new light on which measures work best in promoting economic recovery.  

The paper, titled “Sovereign Debt Relief and its Aftermath” is co-authored by Carmen Reinhart, Minos A. Zombanakis Professor of the International Financial System at HKS, and Christoph Trebesch of the University of Munich.  More

Carmen M. Reinhart is the Minos A. Zombanakis Professor of the International Financial System at Harvard Kennedy School. She teaches an elective course, ITF-270 Financial Crises: Concepts and Evidence.   Reinhart has written on a variety of topics in macroeconomics and international finance and trade and her papers have been published in leading scholarly journals. Her work has helped to inform the understanding of financial crises for over a decade.

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