photo: Jennifer Brinkerhoff

Jennifer Brinkerhoff

Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs; Co-Director, GW Diaspora Program
Address: School of Media and Public Affairs
805 21st Street, N.W.
Phone: 202-994-3598
Fax: 202-994-6792

Areas of Expertise

Development management, non-profit organizations, inter-sectoral relations, state-society relations, migration and information technology


Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff is Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs 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 teaches courses on public service, international development policy and administration, development management, and organizational behavior. She is particularly keen on encouraging people to pursue service careers thoughtfully, grounding their commitment to change in self-awareness and working in community. To that end, she and her husband, Derick W. Brinkerhoff, published Working for Change: Making a Career in International Public Service (Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press, 2005).

Dr. Brinkerhoff has expertise on public-private partnership, governance, NGOs, development management, and diasporas. Her publications include six books, as well as three co-edited journal issues and over fifty articles and book chapters on topics ranging from evaluation, to NGOs; failed states; governance; and diaspora identity, development contributions, citizenship, and policy. She is the author of Digital Diasporas: Identity and Transnational Engagement (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and Partnership for International Development: Rhetoric or Results? (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2002); the editor of Diasporas and Development: Exploring the Potential (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2008); and co-editor of NGOs and the Millennium Development Goals: Citizen Action to Reduce Poverty (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007). She is the co-director and co-founder of GW's Diaspora Research Program, a multidisciplinary research program on diasporas, identity, policy, and development.

Dr. Brinkerhoff consults for multilateral development banks, bilateral assistance agencies, NGOs, and foundations. Her applied work encompasses partnership, civil society, institutional development, development management, and training methodologies, and includes work for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands; and in Africa, China, Mongolia, Central Asia, and Russia for the U.S. Agency for International Development and the World Bank. She has provided policy advice to the US State Department on its diaspora engagement strategy and conducted diaspora-related commissioned research for the Asia Development Bank, the Migration Policy Institute, the Nordic Africa Institute, the United Nations, and the World Bank. She has also advised studies for the Africa Diaspora Policy Centre, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. She has delivered training related to diasporas and development to US State Department Foreign Service and Desk Officers, US Agency for International Development staff, international development consulting firms, and diaspora organizations and other government officials in the US, the Netherlands, and Sweden.


Ph.D., University of Southern California

Classes Taught

PPPA 6001 Introduction to Public Service and Administration

PPPA 6507 International Development Administration

PPPA 6508 International Development NGO Management

PPPA 6509 International Development Management Processes and Tools