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

Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy
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Why We Must Resist Conventional Economic Wisdom

Professor Dani Rodrik discusses "pluralism in economics and widening the lens through which introductory economics is taught" in this Institute for New Economic Thinking interview. Professor Rodrik and INET President Rob Johnson also discuss "Economics for Inclusive Prosperity (EfIP), an initiative co-founded by Rodrik for economists addressing inequality."

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.

MPA/ID Faculty improve the lives of the world's poorest people through better governance

MPA/ID professors Matt Andrews, Rema Hanna, and Asim Khwaja view building capability to deliver basic services—education, public health, transportation—and helping train different kinds of public leaders as among the most sustainable and cost-effective ways to help lift people out of poverty. This HKS Magazine article has more details on the Building State Capability, CID, and EPoD initiatives. 

Understanding Venezuela’s collapse

Professor Ricardo Hausmann discusses his home nation’s political unraveling, its humanitarian crisis, and where stability might be found in this Harvard Gazette article: "The current situation is the biggest economic collapse in human history outside of war or state collapse. The GDP has fallen by well over 50 percent. That is double the size of the U.S. Great Depression.”

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?

Combating Climate Change with Robert Stavins

The role developing countries should play "is the most important question and the greatest challenge addressing climate change because economists often look at efficiency and cost effectiveness," says Professor Robert Stavins in this interview with the Harvard Crimson.

"But distributional equity — fairness — is extremely important in the case of global climate change, and that's because countries have very different wealth. Some countries are wealthier than others, and some countries have contributed more than others to the accumulated stock of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. It's a principle of distributional equity."