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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.

Harvard’s  Center for International Development  (CID) is the intellectual home of MPA/ID students and faculty. CID seeks to advance the understanding of development challenges and offer viable solutions to problems of global poverty.  For more on the Center, view a message from CID’s Director, Prof. Asim Khawja.

Faculty teaching in the Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) Program come from a range of countries—Argentina, China, Cuba, India, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa, Turkey, the UK, 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 work with:

  • Countries like Albania, China, India, Ethiopia, Jordan, Mexico, Namibia, Pakistan, South Africa, and Venezuela
  • 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.

For questions about the MPA/ID Program, or to plan a campus visit, please do not contact faculty. Email our office instead. 

MPA/ID Faculty Chair

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Dani Rodrik

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Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy
617-495-1407

Samantha Power Still Believes America Can Help Save the World

On Monday, May 3, Ambassador Samantha Power was sworn in as the 19th Administrator of USAID. This New York Times opinion piece considers how the energy, optimism and experience that she brings to her new role will affect the future of USAID and America's ability to make a difference in the world.

Ambassador Power is the Administrator of USAID; she is a Pulitzer Prize winner and former United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

Is Green Development an Oxymoron?

Professor Ricardo Hausmann considers new growth opportunities expected to arise for the Global South as a result of the effects of decarbonization. "The goal for them," he says, "should not be to stop global warming by restricting domestic emissions, but rather to carve out a role for themselves in a rapidly greening world economy."

Professor Hausmann is Director of the Growth Lab at Harvard’s Center for International Development and the Rafik Hariri Professor of the Practice of International Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School. He co-teaches the MPA/ID second-year core course Development Policy Strategy (DEV-309)

Chief Economist Carmen Reinhart reflects on Women in Finance

"Go for it!" That's Professor Carmen Reinhart's advice for women who are considering a career in the field of economics and finance. For her, the intrigue of problem solving is what drew her to the field.  In this World Bank interview, she says, "Ever since I was a child, I was captivated by Sherlock Holmes and admired how he connected the dots to figure out a puzzle. Empirical economics, for me, is importantly about figuring out puzzles."

Professor Reinhart is the Vice President and Chief Economist at the World Bank and the Minos A. Zombanakis Professor of the International Financial System at HKS. 

 

Beware Economists Bearing Policy Paradigms

In this Project Syndicate article, Professor Dani Rodrik warns that, "those who are seeking a new economic paradigm should be careful what they wish for." As he puts it, "The right answer to any policy question in economics is, 'It depends.' "

Professor Rodrik co-teaches the MPA/ID first-year core course Economic Development: Theory and Evidence (DEV-101).

MPA/ID Faculty

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Matthew Andrews

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Edward S. Mason Senior Lecturer in International Development

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Arthur Applbaum

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Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values
617-495-8058
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Jie Bai

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Assistant Professor of Public Policy
617-495-3805
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Eliana Carranza

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Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy

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Jeffrey Frankel

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James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth
617-496-3834
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A. Arda Gitmez

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Policy

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Rema Hanna

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Jeffrey Cheah Professor of South-East Asia Studies
617-496-1140
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Ricardo Hausmann

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Rafik Hariri Professor of the Practice of International Political Economy
617-496-3740
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Asim Khwaja

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Director, Center for International Development
Sumitomo-FASID Professor of International Finance and Development
617-384-7790
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Dan Levy

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Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
617-496-4281
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Celestin Monga

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Visiting Professor of Public Policy

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Gautam Nair

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Assistant Professor of Public Policy
617-495-8514
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Carmen Reinhart

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Minos A. Zombanakis Professor of the International Financial System
617-496-8643
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Dani Rodrik

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Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy
617-495-1407
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Juan Saavedra

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Visiting Lecturer in Public Policy

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Federico Sturzenegger

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Visiting Professor of Public Policy

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Michael Walton

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Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
202-251-8702
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Michael Woolcock

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Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy

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