Josh Yardley

Boston, MA


  • MIT
  • Harvard (grad, Ph.D. student)

After graduating from MIT with degrees in computer science and management, Josh taught as a math professor in West Africa. Since then, Josh has worked with students, teachers, and schools in over a dozen countries on three continents. He has a 780 GMAT score.

As a member of the U.S. Peace Corps, Josh headed to the village of Bomborokuy, Burkina Faso. The initial shock of living without electricity or running water faded quickly as Josh became a part of his village community and began to witness first-hand the awesome transformative power of education. Inspired by his students and colleagues in that village school, Josh returned to the States to work with a non-profit in D.C. implementing a $100 million education reform project in Pakistan. He expected this work to be sort of like that of a Peace Corps volunteer, only with the big cash to help make big things happen. It turns out large-scale development is a bit more complicated than that. Good thing Josh likes a challenge. After his first stint at the Harvard Kennedy School for a master’s program, Josh began working on evaluations of education and health programs in Africa and Asia, first with a research organization in Ghana and then with the World Bank in DC. Josh is currently back at the Harvard Kennedy School working towards a Ph.D. in public policy and doing research in online teaching and learning.

What students are saying

“Josh is a very effective teacher. He knows the content of the exam extremely well and is prepared to answer any question.”

What students are saying

“Extremely personable and friendly. Willing to put in extra effort to make sure his students understand the concepts.”

What students are saying

“Josh is non-judgmental which puts you at ease off the bat and throughout the course.”