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

Six Tax-Based Ways to Tackle US Inequality

Professor Jeffrey Frankel proposes progressive, yet enforceable, tax policies aimed at the reduction of US inequality in his Project Syndicate article.

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

The Madrid Climate Conference’s Real Failure

Of the Madrid Climate Conference, Professor Robert Stavins writes: "Negotiators had an opportunity to define clear and consistent guidance for accounting for emissions transfers but failed to close a deal."

Professor Stavins is the A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy and Economic Development.

Reinhart Warns Argentina May Repeat 15-Year Bond Holdout Saga

In this Bloomberg article, Professor Carmen Reinhart looks at Argentina's financial future, warning that "it doesn’t appear [the government of Argentina] learned anything from their last experience."

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

What Makes Poor Economies Grow?

Professors Arvind Subramian and Dani Rodrik consider "the puzzling lure of financial globalization" in this Project Syndicate Big Picture article.

Professor Subramian is a Visiting Lecturer in Public Policy at HKS.

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


When Markets and Mobility Collide

Professor Ricardo Hausmann explores the social impacts of using market prices to balance transportation supply in Ecuador and Chile in this Project Syndicate article.

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 MPA/ID second-year core course Development Policy Strategy (DEV-309).

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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Maciej Kotowski

Associate Professor of Public Policy
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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

Arvind Subramanian

Visiting Lecturer in Public Policy

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Michael Walton

Senior Lecturer in Public Policy