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 members are 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.
Harvard’s Center for International Development (CID) is the intellectual home of MPA/ID students and faculty members. CID seeks to advance the understanding of development challenges and offer viable solutions to problems of global poverty. Learn more about CID from its director, Professor Asim Khwaja.
Faculty members teaching in the MPA/ID Program come from a range of countries—Argentina, Cameroon, China, Cuba, Denmark, Dominican Republic, India, Italy, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey, and Venezuela as well as the United States—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, Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Sierra Leone, South Africa, United Arab Emirates
- 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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