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Daniel Honig

Assistant Professor of International Development


Dan Honig is Assistant Professor of International Development and an affiliate of the International Political Economy program. Prof. Honig's research focuses on the relationship between organizational structure, management practice, and performance in developing country governments and organizations that provide foreign aid. His 2018 book (Navigation by Judgment: Why and When Top-Down Control of Foreign Aid Doesn’t Work) examines the optimal level of autonomy in foreign aid intervention delivery and the role political authorizing environments and measurement regimes play in circumscribing that autonomy. He has had his work published in journals including International Organization, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, World Development, and Third World Quarterly.

Prof. Honig has 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 to better their lives and communities through agricultural entrepreneurship (East Timor); and has worked for a number of local and international NGOs (e.g. Ashoka in Thailand; Center for Jewish-Arab Economic Development in Israel). A proud Detroiter, Prof. Honig holds an Honors BA from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School.

Honig, D. (2018). Navigation by judgment: Why and when top down management of foreign aid doesn't work. New York: Oxford University Press



  • Africa
  • Liberia
  • South Sudan
  • Southeast Asia
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste


  • Bureaucracy
  • Developing Nations
  • Economic Development
  • Foreign Aid and Global Poverty
  • Governance
  • International Political Economy
  • Political Economy & Development
  • World Bank and International Monetary Fund


  • English
  • Hebrew
  • Liberian English
  • Tetun
  • Thai

In the News

COVID-19 likely to weigh on U.S. election turnout, outcomes

Daniel Honig interviewed in Johns Hopkins HUB, 4/16

U.S. government evacuation flights from Peru will soon be phased out

Daniel Honig quoted in The Washington Post, 4/9

Professor Daniel Honig Among Recipients of 2018 Catalyst Award

Assistant Professor of International Development Daniel Honig is among the distinguished group of Johns Hopkins faculty who has been honored with 2018 Catalyst Awards recognizing interdisciplinary research.