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—Brazil, China, Cuba, India, Pakistan, 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

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Lant Pritchett

Professor of the Practice of International Development
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79 John F. Kennedy St. Littauer Bldg 315
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Which Traffic Policies Work Best for Megacities?

"Efforts to reduce urban traffic congestion, and the air pollution that comes with it, have not always gone well, especially in the world's poorer cities" writes Professor Rema Hanna. "But an approach implemented in Jakarta showed promise – that is, until the government, failing to examine the evidence, suspended it in the face of drivers' wrath."

Professor Hanna teaches the MPA/ID capstone course DEV-250Y Second Year Policy Analysis Seminar.

What Does a True Populism Look Like? It Looks Like the New Deal

"President Trump’s tough talk on trade and the tariffs he recently imposed on imported washing machines and solar panels, as well as the ones he threatened on foreign steel and aluminum, would seem straight out of the populist playbook" writes Professor Dani Rodrik in the New York Times. "But in terms of targeting the real grievances of his popular base, they largely miss the mark."

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

Gender norms greatest barriers to use of tech in rural areas: Facebook official

Professor Rohini Pande with Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) carried out an event to discuss the causes and effects of India's technology gender gap, as well as possible solutions that will allow women and girls to access the information and networks mobile phones can provide.