Department of Political Science


Dr Dan Honig

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Room: 3.02, 31 Tavistock Sq.
Telephone: 0203 108 1877
Email: dan.honig@ucl.ac.uk

Dan joined UCL in 2021.  From 2015-2021 Dan was an assistant professor of international development at Johns Hopkins SAIS, and has 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. Dan is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development, a fellow of Harvard's Building State Capability Program, a member of the Scholars Strategy Network, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Policy

Outside the academy Dan 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. 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.


Dan’s research focuses on the relationship between organizational structure, management practice, and performance in public agencies.  He is currently focused on his (under contract) book manuscript Mission-Driven Bureaucrats, which explores when a managerial focus on empowering public employees will lead to better performance outcomes.

If you're looking for data or info on Dan’s 2018 book Navigation by Judgment: Why and When Top-Down Control of Foreign Aid Won't Work or to download the public Project Performance Database (PPD), please see his website, danhonig.info.


A full and up-to-date list of publications can be found on Dan’s website.  Selected publications include:


Other Publications


In 2021-22 Dan will be co-teaching International Public Policy (PUBL 0090).