Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff

Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs
Address: Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st St. NW
Washington, DC, 20052
Phone: 202-994-3598
Fax: 202-994-6792

Areas of Expertise

Interorganizational relations
International development
Diasporas and development
Nongovernmental organizations


Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff is an Associate Professor of Public Administration, International Affairs, and International Business at the George Washington University. She holds a Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and a MPA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She consults for multilateral development banks, bilateral assistance agencies, NGOs, and foundations. Combining her research with this work, she published Partnership for International Development: Rhetoric or Results? (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc., 2002), as well as three co-edited journal issues and forty articles and book chapters on topics ranging from evaluation, to NGOs, failed states, governance, and diasporas. She is the author of Digital Diasporas: Identity and Transnational Engagement (under review), the editor of Diasporas and International Development: Exploring the Potential (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc., forthcoming), and also completed an edited volume and commissioned research for the Asia Development Bank on Converting Migration Drains into Gains: Harnessing the Resources of Overseas Professionals (2006). She is the Director and co-founder of GW’s Diaspora Research Program, a multidisciplinary research program on diasporas, identity, policy, and development. She also co-founded the GW International NGO team and co-edited, NGOs and the Millennium Development Goals: Citizen Action to Reduce Poverty (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007).


PhD, Public Administration, University of Southern California
MPA, Monterey Institute of International Studies
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Classes Taught

PPPA 6001  Introduction to Public Service and Administration
PPPA 6057  International Development Administration
PPPA 6058  International Development NGO Management
PPPA 6059  International Development Management Processes and Tools