The case studies on good governments in Judith Tendler's book challenged the dominant pessimistic thinking about governance in the so-called 'third world'
On 24 July 2016, Judith Tendler, professor at the Department of Urban studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, passed away. She was 77. A Ph.D from Columbia University, Tendler spent several years at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), before a long career as a professor at MIT. A significant share of her work focused on the Americas, but she also studied South Asia and parts of Africa over her long research career.