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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 members are 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 members. CID seeks to advance the understanding of development challenges and offer viable solutions to problems of global poverty.  Learn more about CID from its director, Professor Asim Khwaja.

Faculty members teaching in the 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 United States—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, Brazil, China, Croatia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Liberia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, 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.

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MPA/ID Faculty Chair

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Dani Rodrik

Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy

Why Commodity Prices Are Likely to Fall Further

In this Project Syndicate article, Professor Jeffrey Frankel argues "real interest rates appear to be on a firm upward trend, because nominal interest rates will rise and inflation will fall. Together with decelerating global growth, that could mean that the recent decline in the real prices of oil, minerals, and agricultural products will persist."

Professor Frankel is James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Private-Debt Risks Are Hiding in Plain Sight

In this Project Syndicate article, Professor Carmen Reinhart and Leora Klapper warn that while "the debt moratoria introduced early in the pandemic provided temporary relief for private borrowers...recent data reveal that they also created a potentially disastrous non-performing loan problem." Without swift action from regulators and lenders, "the hidden NPL problem will soon become impossible to ignore."

Professor Reinhart is the Minos A. Zombanakis Professor of the International Financial System. She has just returned to HKS after two years as the Vice President and Chief Economist at the World Bank.

The Economic Case for Guaranteeing Ukraine’s Security

Professor Ricardo Hausmann argues that "security guarantees are needed to generate the participation in value chains that could make Ukraine more prosperous, Europe more efficient, and the world better fed." 

Professor Hausmann is the Rafik Hariri Professor of the Practice of International Political Economy. He teaches the popular elective course Development Policy Strategy (DEV-309).

Wanted: New economic models for a post-globalization world

Professors Dani Rodrik and Gordon Hanson received a $7.5 million grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to establish the Reimagining the Economy Project. According to Larry Kramer, president of the Hewlett Foundation, “This joint effort reflects our shared interest in replacing outdated 20th-century thinking — individualistic versus collectivist, central control versus free markets, liberty versus equality, and the like — with new ideas that can lead to broader economic justice and prosperity for people around the world."

The project's "ultimate goal is to go beyond the analysis of how our current economy works (or doesn’t) to consider new structures, governance mechanisms, and forms of market economy and capitalism."

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

Professor Hanson teaches the popular elective course Urban Economic Policy (SUP-680).


MPA/ID Faculty

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Matthew Andrews

Edward S. Mason Senior Lecturer in International Development

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Arthur Applbaum

Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values
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Jie Bai

Assistant Professor of Public Policy

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Jeffrey Frankel

James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth
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Rema Hanna

Jeffrey Cheah Professor of South-East Asia Studies
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Ricardo Hausmann

Rafik Hariri Professor of the Practice of International Political Economy
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Anders Jensen

Associate Professor of Public Policy

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Asim Khwaja

Director, Center for International Development
Sumitomo-FASID Professor of International Finance and Development
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Eliana La Ferrara

Professor of Public Policy

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Dan Levy

Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

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Celestin Monga

Adjunct Professor of Public Policy

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Gautam Nair

Assistant Professor of Public Policy
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Carmen Reinhart

Minos A. Zombanakis Professor of the International Financial System
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Dani Rodrik

Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy
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Juan Saavedra

Visiting Lecturer in Public Policy

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Federico Sturzenegger

Adjunct Professor of Public Policy

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Michael Walton

Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

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