Stephen Kosack, Assistant Professor of Public Policy,studies comparative politics and political economy. His work focuses on understanding and explaining distributive policymaking in developing countries. He has written on human development, education, civil society, transparency and accountability, foreign aid, foreign-direct investment, and democratic governance in the journals International Organization,Comparative Education,World Development, and theSingapore Economic Review; in two books,The Education of Nations: How the Political Organization of the Poor, Not Democracy, Led Governments to Invest in Mass Education (Oxford University Press, 2012) andFrom the Ground Up: Improving Government Performance with Independent Monitoring Organizations(Brookings Institution Press, 2010; with Charles Griffin and Courtney Tolmie); as well as in a number of policy pieces for organizations like the UNDP and the Brookings Institution. He received his Ph.D. in political science in 2008 from Yale University, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a Leylan Prize Fellow. Before joining the Kennedy School, he was an economics advisor to the late Senator Ted Kennedy and a research fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, and taught at Brown and the London School of Economics.