Where ideas meet practice

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.

Faculty teaching in the Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) Program come from a range of countries—Brazil, Cuba, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey, the UK and Venezuela as well as the U.S.—and varied disciplines (such as economics, political science, and public administration). They are leaders in their fields of scholarship. Their research is changing the ways in which poverty and underdevelopment are analyzed and approached.

What particularly distinguishes MPA/ID faculty members is that they are scholars and practitioners. Over the course of their careers, our faculty members are likely to hold full-time positions in government or international organizations. They also advise:

  • Governments in countries like Albania, Botswana, Indonesia, Mauritius, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, South Africa and Sri Lanka
  • International organizations like the Asian Development Bank, IMF, UN and the World Bank
  • Nongovernmental organizations such as Oxfam, Pratham and the Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa

Learn more about the interests and experiences of some of our core MPA/ID faculty members. These and other scholars and practitioners make our faculty the strongest in the world in this field.

MPA/ID Faculty Chair

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Lant Pritchett

Professor of the Practice of International Development
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For more than two decades, economist Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy, has elucidated a dissenting view of international trade that has now become entirely mainstream.

Making Government Work

Harvard Kennedy School's Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) uses economic insights to inform the design, implementation and recalibration of policy solutions, working in close collaboration with local policy actors to help build governments that benefit all citizens.