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Daniel Honig

Senior Fellow

Daniel Honig an associate professor of public policy at University College London's School of Public Policy/Department of Political Science. His research focuses on the relationship between organizational structure, management practice, and performance in developing country governments and organizations that provide foreign aid. He is currently completing a book manuscript (under contract, Oxford University Press) entitled Mission Driven Bureaucrats, focused on how best to attract, retain, and cultivate mission-oriented motivation in public servants worldwide. Dr. Honig is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development; a fellow of Harvard's Building State Capability Program, Johns Hopkins SAIS' Foreign Policy Institute, and Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)' MHRC; a member of the Scholars Strategy Network; and on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Policy.  He is honored to have had the impact of my work recognized in a variety of fora, including lists of the 100 most influential academics in government (2021) and 50 most influential researchers shaping 21st century politicians (2022).


From 2015-2021, Dr. Honig was an assistant professor of international development at Johns Hopkins SAIS, and have also previously held visiting appointments at Thammasat University (Bangkok)'s Department of Economics, Leiden University (Netherlands') Institute of Political Science, and the West Africa Research Center in Dakar. Outside 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 has worked for a number of local and international NGOs. He has lived, worked, and/or done research in East Timor, Ghana, India, Israel, Liberia, The Netherlands, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Thailand, the UK, and the USA. A proud Detroiter, he holds a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), is a "Woo" (alum of Princeton's SPIA, despite receiving no degree; exited to take employment with the Sirleaf administration in Liberia) and earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.