Merilee S. Grindle
Merilee S. Grindle "is Edward S. Mason Professor of International Development and Faculty Chair of the MPA programs. In July 2006, Merilee was named the Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. She 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;Bureaucrats, Politicians, and Peasants in Mexico;State and Countryside; Challenging the State;Audacious Reforms; Despite the Odds, and numerous articles about policy management. She 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 MIT, Grindle is engaged in research on the political economy of local government reform. She was the 1991 recipient of the Manuel C. Carballo Award for Excellence in Teaching.“ 
- "Biography", Accessed January 2007.