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 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

Dani Rodrik Photo

Dani Rodrik

Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Rubenstein Bldg 334

An Economic Platform for US Democrats

"A driving force behind Donald Trump’s election as US president was the median household’s perception that it had been left behind by globalization and technological change." writes Professor Jeffrey Frankel in Project Syndicate. "Fortunately, from an economist’s perspective, it isn’t difficult to think of proposals that would expand the economic pie and distribute the slices more equitably."

Professor Frankel is James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth. He teaches the MPA/ID core courses API-120 Advanced Macroeconomics for the Open Economy I and API-119 Advanced Macroeconomics for the Open Economy II.

Harvard’s Reinhart Says Emerging Markets Are in Tougher Spot Than During ‘08 Crisis

"While money managers from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to UBS Wealth Management still tout investing opportunities in emerging markets, the asset class has one notable critic: Harvard professor Carmen Reinhart." In this Bloomberg article the Cuban-born economist writes, "The overall shape they’re in has a lot more cracks now than it did five years ago and certainly at the time of the global financial crisis. It’s both external and internal conditions."

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

The right approach for public-private partnership

"To provide infrastructure such as roads and power, listening to both contestants, and assessing their strengths and weaknesses, is essential." writes Professor Ricardo Hausmann in a recent opinion piece. "To avoid privately financed infrastructure projects from becoming expensive and slower than anticipated, private financing should be brought in only after a project is completed"

Professor Hausmann teaches DEV-309 Development Policy Strategy.