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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 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, Jordan, Mexico, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, 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

What Should We Be Preparing For?

In this Project Syndicate article, Professor Ricardo Hausmann likens the COVID-19 crisis to an "economic hurricane." He writes, "It looks increasingly like a Category 5, but the international community and many national governments prepared for a tropical storm." The question is, what will the continued disaster relief efforts look like?

Professor Hausmann is Director of the Growth Lab at Harvard’s Center for International Development and the Rafik Hariri Professor of the Practice of International Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School. He co-teaches the popular MPA/ID second-year elective course Development Policy Strategy (DEV-309).

The World Bank taps a crisis specialist

Professor Carmen Reinhart, recently named Chief Economist at the World Bank Group, discusses debt and globalization in this New York Times article.

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

Spend Fossil-Fuel Subsidies on Pandemic Relief and the Poor

In this co-authored Project Syndicate article, Professor Rema Hanna recognizes the current financial crisis as a window of opportunity for developing countries to abandon fuel subsidies without shocking consumers.

Professor Hanna is the Jeffrey Cheah Professor of South-East Asia Studies and Chair of the International Development Area at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is a Section Leader for the MPA/ID Second-Year Policy Analysis Seminar (DEV-250Y).

Making the Best of a Post-Pandemic World

In this Project Syndicate article, Professor Dani Rodrik sees the pandemic as a propagator, not an instigator, of good policy. It is also an opportunity to set a course in the right direction. "The fate of the world economy hinges not on what the virus does, but on how we choose to respond."

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

La pandemia necesita una respuesta global

Professor Kathryn Sikkink calls for "unity and leadership" from the United Nations Security Council to supervise global cooperation in response to COVID-19 in this co-authored article in The New York Times.

Professor Sikkink is the Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy. She teaches the popular MPA/ID second-year elective Global Governance (IGA-103).

MPA/ID Faculty

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Matthew Andrews

Edward S. Mason Senior Lecturer in International Development
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Jie Bai

Assistant Professor of Public Policy
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Eliana Carranza

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy

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Will Dobbie

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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Asim Khwaja

Director, Center for International Development
Sumitomo-FASID Professor of International Finance and Development
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Dan Levy

Senior Lecturer in 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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Michael Walton

Senior Lecturer in Public Policy