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—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, 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

Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy
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An economist’s take on the Poland climate conference: The glass is more than half full

Professor Robert Stavins, head of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, left the global climate change conference in Poland feeling optimistic overall: "Nations agreed on uniform rules for measuring and reporting their own performance in cutting emissions. There also were intensive discussions of how to connect reduction efforts across regions, nations and sub-national areas, which offers many economic and other benefits." 

Professor Stavins is the A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy & Economic Development and Cochair of the MPA/ID/MBA Joint Degree Program. He teaches API-135: Economics of Climate Change and Environmental Policy.

Carmen Reinhart awarded the King Juan Carlos Prize in Economics

Harvard professor Carmen Reinhart was awarded the prestigious King Juan Carlos Prize in Economics which recognizes influential Spanish or Latin American economists. The award committee recognized Reinhart for both her research in macroeconomics and international finance and her influence on policy. Read more about the prize in this Spanish-language news source

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

China’s Boldest Experiment

"The conventional wisdom among social scientists is that the demands of advanced economies and growing middle classes can be met only through greater political freedoms and competition. By doubling down on authoritarian single-party rule, China is now testing that proposition." Read the whole article by Professor Dani Rodrik on the biggest test for the Chinese model. 

Professor Rodrik co-teaches the MPA/ID core course DEV-101: Economic Development: Theory and Evidence as well as DEV-233: Political Economy After the Crisis.

How to End Venezuela’s Nightmare

"Venezuela’s problems will not be solved without regime change. And that could – and should – happen after January 10, when the international community will no longer recognize the legitimacy of Nicolás Maduro's presidency" writes Professor Ricardo Hausmann in Project Syndicate

Professor Hausmann is Director of Harvard's Center for International Development and Professor of the Practice of Economic Development. He teaches DEV-309: Development Policy Strategy and DEV-130: Why Are So Many Countries Poor, Volatile, and Unequal?

Targeting the Poor

Professors Rema Hanna and Adnan Khan analyze the special challenges developing countries face when delivering social protection in this IMF article:"For the 108 countries the World Bank classifies as "upper-middle" or "lower-middle" income—for example, India, Morocco, and Peru—overall tax revenue now dwarfs development assistance...social protection can be funded primarily through domestic sources in the long run."

Professor Hanna is Co-Director of the Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) research program at the Center for International Development. Professor Khan teaches the MPA/ID core courses DEV-102: Economic Development: Using Analytical Frameworks for Smart Policy Design and DEV-401Y: Applications and Cases in International Development.