Dan Honig

Dan Honig

Visiting Research Scholar
Asst. Professor of International Development, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
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Dan Honig joined Building State Capability as a Visiting Research Scholar in 2021. He’ll be writing the RISE gap-filling paper, "How Management Shapes Motivation & Improves Performance in Education.”

Dan is also an assistant professor of international development at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development, a member of the Scholars Strategy Network, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Policy. His research focuses on the relationship between organizational structure, management practice, and performance in developing country governments and organizations that provide foreign aid, and has been published (or is accepted/forthcoming) in the American Journal of Political Science, Governance, International Organization, Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and World Development, amongst other venues.

Dan is currently focused primarily on "Mission-Driven Bureaucrats," exploring the relationship between motivation, management practice, and performance in Bangladesh, Ghana, Thailand, and the US amongst other places. He also has ongoing projects related to transparency, accountability, and public performance. For data or info on his 2018 book Navigation by Judgment: Why and When Top-Down Control of Foreign Aid Won't Work, visit https://danhonig.info/.

Dan is currently (academic year 20-21) a visiting fellow at Leiden University (Netherlands)' Institute of Political Science, and has previously held visiting appointments at Thammasat University (Bangkok)'s Department of Economics and the West Africa Research Center in Dakar, Senegal. Dan has also held a variety of positions outside of the academy. He was special assistant, then advisor, to successive Ministers of Finance (Liberia); ran a local nonprofit focused on helping post-conflict youth realize the power of their own ideas through agricultural entrepreneurship (East Timor); and have worked for a number of local and international NGOs. Dan has lived, worked, and/or done research in Bangladesh, East Timor, Ghana, India, Israel, Liberia, The Netherlands, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Thailand, the UK, and the USA. A proud Detroiter, Dan holds a BA from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

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