Joseph Kalt

Ford Foundation Professor (Emeritus), International Political Economy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Faculty Associate, Native Nations Institute

Joseph P. Kalt is the Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also serves as faculty chair of Harvard's Native American Program and co-director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.

He has represented various tribes in the negotiation of contracts, the rewriting of tribal constitutions, the reform of tribal governments, the mediation of disputes, the design of tribal enterprises, and the securing of compensation for treaty violations and land confiscation. Kalt has testified as an expert on behalf of numerous tribes in federal and tribal courts, and has testified frequently before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. He also served as advisor to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. In addition, he is the author of numerous studies on nation building in Indian Country and co-editor (with Stephen Cornell) of What Can Tribes Do? Strategies and Institutions in American Indian Economic Development.


  • Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A. Stanford University