Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff is an Associate 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).
She consults for multilateral development banks, bilateral assistance agencies, NGOs, and foundations. Combining her research with this work, she published Partnership for International Development: Rhetoric or Results? (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2002), as well as numerous articles and book chapters on topics ranging from evaluation, to NGOs, failed states, governance, and diasporas. She is the author of Digital Diasporas: Identity and Transnational Engagement (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), the editor of Diasporas and Development: Exploring the Potential (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2008), and the editor of the Lynne Rienner Publishers book series on Diasporas in World Politics. She is the co-Director and co-founder of GW’s Diaspora Research Program, a multidisciplinary research program on diasporas, identity, policy, and development; and co-founded the GW International NGO team and co-edited, NGOs and the Millennium Development Goals: Citizen Action to Reduce Poverty (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007).