Cambridge, MA -- Distinguished economist Dani Rodrik will join Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) as the Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy. The appointment, announced by HKS Dean David T. Ellwood, will begin in July 2015.

Since July 2013, Rodrik has served as the Albert O. Hirschman Professor in the School of Social Science of the Institute for Advanced Study. He previously was the Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at HKS from July 1996 to June 2013.  Prior to receiving tenure at HKS, Rodrik served as assistant professor (1985-89) and associate professor (1989-92).  From 1992-96 he was professor of economics and international affairs at Columbia University.

Rodrik's research covers globalization, economic growth and development, and political economy. He is the author of "The Globalization Paradox" (Norton 2011), "One Economics, Many Recipes: Globalization, Institutions, and Economic Growth" (Princeton 2007), and the forthcoming “Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science” (Norton 2015). His 1997 book "Has Globalization Gone Too Far?", which examined the tensions between the global economy and social stability, was called “one of the most important economics books of the decade” by Business Week.

"Dani Rodrik's seminal work on the profound and multi-dimensional consequences of globalization has brought clarity to many of the issues affecting 21st century international economics," said Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship and Academic Dean at HKS. "We are thrilled to welcome him back to the Kennedy School."

Rodrik will resume his teaching duties at HKS in the fall of 2015.

“Returning to the Harvard Kennedy School is like coming back home,” said Rodrik. "HKS is a unique setting where scholars and practitioners engage in the most important policy challenges facing governments and citizens across the world, and I look forward to rejoining my colleagues in that endeavor." 

Rodrik is the inaugural recipient of the Albert O. Hirschman Prize of the Social Science Research Council (2007), as well as of the Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought awarded by Tufts University (2002). He is the Vice President of the International Economic Association and currently also holds a visiting appointment at the London School of Economics as Centennial Professor of Economics. He has a Ph.D. in economics and an MPA from Princeton University, and an A.B. (summa cum laude) from Harvard College.


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