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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—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, Ethiopia, 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

An interview with Dr Asim Ijaz Khwaja

Professor Asim Khwaja talks about policy-making, productivity, and the political economy, among other things, in this interview with the Business Recorder.

Professor Khwaja is the Director of the Center for International Development and the Sumitomo-FASID Professor of International Finance and Development at HKS.  He teaches the MPA/ID core course Economic Development: Using Analytical Frameworks for Smart Policy Design (DEV-102m).

Women must continue to persist to rise as political leaders of America

In The Hill, Professor Wendy Sherman concludes that, "when a woman is sworn in as vice president, we will know it is because of...all of the women...who ever took a risk to lead and persisted until she did."

Professor Sherman is a professor of the practice of public leadership and director of the Center for Public Leadership. She teaches the popular MPA/ID second-year elective Leadership in Negotiations: Away from the Table, Everything it Takes to Get the Job Done (MLD-283M).

We need to create more good jobs. The old easy answers won’t work any more.

In this  MarketWatch piece, Professor Dani Rodrik opines that "we must change what we produce, how we produce it, and who gets a say in these decisions. This requires not just new policies, but also the reconfiguration of existing ones." This will require a plan in which "the growth and social agendas are one and the same."

Prof. Rodrik Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He co-teaches the MPA/ID first-year core course Economic Development: Theory and Evidence (DEV-101).

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

Rahul Deb

Visiting Associate Professor of 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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Celestin Monga

Visiting Professor of Public Policy

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Gautam Nair

Assistant Professor of 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