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—Canada, 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, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, 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 2018-19

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Dani Rodrik

Appointment
Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Rubenstein Bldg 334
617-495-1407

Appreciating the Existence of Liberal Democracy

In his article, Democracy on a Knife Edge, Professor Rodrik takes a look at Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson’s new book: The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty. In reflection, Rodrik notes that, “The surprise is not that few democracies are liberal, but that there are any liberal democracies at all.”

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

"How to Not Give Up on Activism"

InStyle takes a look at Professor Samantha Power’s memoir, The Education of an Idealist: “She hopes her new book will inspire a frustrated generation that longs to make a difference but is afraid that it can’t.”

Professor Power is a Pulitzer Prize winner and former United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

Q&A with Professor Will Dobbie

MPA/ID Professor Will Dobbie discusses the connections between his academic work and the problems that exist in the world today in this Q&A with Ralph Ranalli. 

Professor Dobbie teaches Advanced Quantitative Methods II: Econometric Methods (API-210).

The Case for Solar Geoengineering

“Solar geoengineering could limit global warming’s predicted side effects such as sea level rise and changes in precipitation and other weather patterns. Because these changes would have their most powerful impact on the world’s most vulnerable people, who lack the resources to move or adapt, [Professor David Keith] finds a strong ethical case for research into solar geoengineering.”

Argentina: Booms, Recessions and Defaults

Professor Carmen Reinhart recounts Argentina’s history of boom periods, recessions and defaults in this article in Bloomberg Businessweek.

Professor Reinhart is the Minos A. Zombanakis Professor of the International Financial System. 

MPA/ID Faculty

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Matthew Andrews

Appointment
Edward S. Mason Senior Lecturer in International Development
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Rubenstein Bldg 138
617-494-8039
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Jie Bai

Appointment
Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Rubenstein Bldg 332
617-495-3805
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Eliana Carranza

Appointment
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Rubenstein Bldg 336

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Will Dobbie

Appointment
Professor of Public Policy
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Rubenstein Bldg R405
617-495-0405
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Jeffrey Frankel

Appointment
James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Littauer Bldg 217
617-496-3834
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Rema Hanna

Appointment
Jeffrey Cheah Professor of South-East Asia Studies
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Rubenstein Bldg 340
617-496-1140
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Ricardo Hausmann

Appointment
Rafik Hariri Professor of the Practice of International Political Economy
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Rubenstein Bldg 338
617-496-3740
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Asim Khwaja

Appointment
Sumitomo-FASID Professor of International Finance and Development
Director, Center for International Development
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Rubenstein Bldg 434
617-384-7790
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Maciej Kotowski

Appointment
Associate Professor of Public Policy
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Littauer Bldg 210
617-495-8514
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Dan Levy

Appointment
Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Rubenstein Bldg 136
617-496-4281
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Carmen Reinhart

Appointment
Minos A. Zombanakis Professor of the International Financial System
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Littauer Bldg 313
617-496-8643
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Dani Rodrik

Appointment
Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Rubenstein Bldg 334
617-495-1407

Arvind Subramanian

Appointment
Visiting Lecturer in Public Policy
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Taubman Bldg 444

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Michael Walton

Appointment
Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Littauer Bldg 108
202-251-8702