Mary E. Hilderbrand holds a PhD in political science from Harvard University. At the Bush School, she is a member of the PSAA department, where she teaches courses on comparative public administration, governance reform, and the nonprofit sector. She is also a research fellow in the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy. From 2000 to 2012 she was Fellow in International Development at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Earlier, she spent seven years at Harvard Institute for International Development. While at Harvard, she led efforts to help establish graduate programs in public policy in Bolivia and Mexico and developed active academic partnerships with them. She also directed the Kennedy School’s participation in LAURIN, the Latin American Regulatory and Infrastructure Network, a project aimed at building capacity for executive education on infrastructure regulation within several South American universities. She served as co-chair of the executive program, Meeting the Challenge of Mexico’s Future: Strategies for Leadership and Performance, and taught in it and other executive programs for international participants. Just prior to coming to the Bush School, she worked as part of an initiative to develop the School of Government and Public Policy-Indonesia, where she was Area Head for Governance and the Policy Process, and she taught in the Masters of Public Affairs at Sciences Po in Paris.
Hilderbrand was coeditor of Transformation, Business as Usual, or Slow Fitful Progress? Recent Public Sector Reforms in Mexico (2012, published in Mexico in Spanish by a leading academic publisher) and has most recently been working on issues around governance targets for the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. Her research interests are the politics of economic reform, institutional capacity, development assistance, reform of the state, and the role of politics and governance in development. At the Bush School, she participates in a research program on US-Mexico transboundary groundwater governance and is working to develop research partnerships with Mexican scholars. She has experience managing development projects and has done consulting on capacity development and public sector reform for the United Nations Development Programme and the Inter-American Development Bank, among other organizations.