MPA/ID candidate Lucila Arboleya


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.

HKS is home to a large and distinguished faculty working in international development. They come from a range of countries (such as Brazil, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey, and Venezuela), and varied disciplines (such as economics, political science, public administration, and law). Faculty members teaching in the MPA/ID Program are leaders in their fields of scholarship. Their research is changing the ways in which problems of poverty and underdevelopment are analyzed and approached.

What particularly distinguishes our faculty members is that they are scholars and practitioners. Over the course of their careers, members of our faculty are likely to hold full-time positions in government or international organizations. In addition they serve as advisors to:

  • Governments in countries such as Albania, Botswana, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Uruguay
  • International organizations such as the Asian Development Bank, IMF, UN, and the World Bank
  • NGOs such as Oxfam, Pratham, and the Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa

Harvard University's Center for International Development (CID), housed at HKS, serves as the intellectual home of faculty who conduct research on pressing public policy problems, in collaboration with colleagues throughout the world, to address the core intellectual challenges of sustainable development. This exchange of ideas results in a number of collaborative papers, as well as contributions to individual research. CID also provides opportunities for student involvement through research, Friday luncheons, seminar series, travel grants, and special events.

Below is a list of MPA/ID core faculty members. These and other scholars and practitioners make our faculty the strongest in the world in this field. The links below provide some background information on our core faculty's interests and experience.

MPA/ID Faculty 

Lant Pritchett, MPA/ID Faculty Chair  
Matt Andrews Maciej Kotowski
Filipe Campante Dan Levy
Akash Deep Pippa Norris
Jeffrey Frankel Rohini Pande
Isabel Guerrero Pulgar Carmen Reinhart
Rema Hanna Dani Rodrik
Ricardo Hausmann Ryan Sheely
Deb Hughes Hallett Theodore Svoronos
Calestous Juma Michael Walton
Asim Khwaja Michael Woolcock

Faculty Feature

Dani Rodrik

Balance of Trade

"There are economists who teach the well-known postulate that free trade improves global well-being. There are other social scientists and popular critics who contend that laissez-faire trade can be bad for equality, for social stability, and even for economic efficiency, just as pure laissez-faire is not optimal at home. And then there is Dani Rodrik.

Rodrik, the Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at the Kennedy School, is close to a unique specimen in the field of economics. He is a respectful critic of some of the most cherished suppositions of his profession, notably in his books and articles expressing qualms about globalization. But Rodrik does it as a superb technical economist, with humility, precision, wit, intellectual curiosity, and an astonishing range of reading across disciplines." (Published in HKS Magazine, Winter 2017)

Dani Rodrik is the Ford Foundation Professor of International Economy. He has published widely in the areas of economic development, international economics, and political economy. He teaches PED-101 Economic Development: Theory and Evidence and PED-233 Political Economy After the Crisis. His current research focuses on industrialization and structural change in developing economies, the determinants of liberal versus democracy, and interaction of ideas and interests in policy change

Faculty Feature

Asim Khwaja

Tax Collection and Civil Society

“Around the world, tax receipts in low- and middle-income countries are much lower than they ought to be. Poor recordkeeping makes it easy for people to pay less than they owe; distrust that taxes will be returned as government services undermines people’s willingness to pay. Absent a strong culture of civic participation, policymakers need to find ways to improve tax compliance without further degrading public faith in institutions,” begins a profile of Prof. Asim Khwaja in this month’s edition of Harvard Magazine

“This has moved Khwaja to ask a much more ambitious question: his next project aims to link taxes to public benefits that directly meet the expressed needs of people in the community, to test whether this can improve government’s legitimacy. He jokes, ‘It’s only the entire basis of the social compact of the state.’ ”

Asim Khwaja, Sumitomo-FASID Professor of International Finance and Development, directs the Evidence for Policy Design program at the Harvard Kennedy School and teaches API-110 Advanced Microeconomic Analysis and co-teaches  PED-102  Economic Development: Using Analytical Frameworks for Smart Policy Design with Lant Pritchett.

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