Edward S. Mason Professor of International Development
Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Merilee S. Grindle is Edward S. Mason Professor of International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School and Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. Professor Grindle is a specialist on the comparative analysis of policymaking, implementation, and public management in developing countries, with particular reference to Latin America. She is the author of Searching for Rural Development: Labor Migration and Employment in Mexico; Bureaucrats, Politicians, and Peasants in Mexico; State and Countryside: Development Policy and Agrarian Politics in Latin America; Challenging the State: Crisis and Innovation in Latin America and Africa; Audacious Reforms: Institutional Invention and Democracy in Latin America; Despite the Odds: The Contentious Politics of Education Reform; and Going Local: Decentralization, Democratization, and the Promise of Good Governance. She has written numerous articles about policy management and the politics of policy reform. Professor Grindle also is the editor of Politics and Policy Implementation in the Third World; Getting Good Government; and Proclaiming Revolution. She is co-author, with John Thomas, of Public Choices and Policy Change, which won an award as the best book in public policy in 1991. A political scientist with a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor Grindle is engaged in research on the political economy of public sector reform. She was the 1991 recipient of the Manuel C. Carballo Award for Excellence in Teaching.