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, China, 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.

For questions about the MPA/ID Program or to plan a campus visit please do not contact faculty, email mpaid_program@hks.harvard.edu instead. 

MPA/ID Faculty Chair 2018-19

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Dani Rodrik

Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy
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Whatever Happened to Saving for a Rainy Day?

"The US will be paying for its current fiscal excesses with the promise of future payments," writes Professor Carmen Reinhart. "But inefficient economic stimulus now will not give future generations the productive resources needed to make good on it."

Professor Reinhart teaches the MPA/ID capstone course DEV-250Y Second Year Policy Analysis Seminar and BGP-670: Financial Crises: Concepts and Evidence.

Justice Without Borders for Venezuela

"With Venezuela’s humanitarian catastrophe worsening by the day, governments in the region and beyond are pondering how to respond. But it may be civil society that needs to invent new ways of taking action." writes Professor Ricardo Hausmann about his native country in Project Syndicate

Professor Hausmann teaches DEV-309 Development Policy Strategy and DEV-130 Why Are So Many Countries Poor, Volatile, and Unequal?

Gender norms greatest barriers to use of tech in rural areas: Facebook official

Professor Rohini Pande with Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) carried out an event to discuss the causes and effects of India's technology gender gap, as well as possible solutions that will allow women and girls to access the information and networks mobile phones can provide.