Merilee S. Grindle is the Edward S. Mason Professor of International Development and Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. She is a specialist on the comparative analysis of policymaking, implementation, and public management in developing countries, with particular reference to Latin America. She is the author of Searching for Rural Development; Bureaucrats, Politicians, and Peasants in Mexico; State and Countryside; Challenging the State; Audacious Reforms; Despite the Odds; Going Local; and Jobs for the Boys. She has written numerous articles about policy management and the politics of policy reform. She is co-author, with John Thomas, of Public Choices and Policy Change, which won an award as the best book in public policy in 1991. A political scientist with a PhD from MIT, Professor Grindle is engaged in research on the political economy of public sector reform. She was the 1991 recipient of the Manuel C. Carballo Award for Excellence in Teaching.