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Tana L. Johnson, Assistant Professor of Sanford School of Public Policy and Political Science  

Office Location: Sanford Building 236, 201 Science Drive, Box 90245, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 613-9210
Duke Box: 90245
Email Address: tana.johnson@duke.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • International
    • Globalization
    • U.S. Foreign Policy
    • United Nations and International Institutions

Education:
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2010

Research Categories: international relations, foreign policy, international organizations, international bureaucracy, institutional origins and change, international environmental policy, international energy policy, non-state actors, international political economy, international development, Asian politics

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Johnson, T. "Cooperation, co-optation, competition, conflict: international bureaucracies and non-governmental organizations in an interdependent world." Review of International Political Economy 23.5 (September, 2016): 737-767. [doi]
  2. Heiss, A; Johnson, T. "Internal, Interactive, and Institutional Factors: A Unified Framework for Understanding International Nongovernmental Organizations." International Studies Review 18.3 (September, 2016): 528-541. [doi]
  3. Tana Johnson. "Internal, Interactive, and Institutional Factors: A Unified Framework for Understanding International Non-Governmental Organizations (with Andrew Heiss, Ph.D. student at Duke University)." International Studies Review (Forthcoming).
  4. Tana Johnson. "Exploring Generalizability, Dynamics, and Policy Implications in Organizational Progeny." International Politics Reviews (Forthcoming).
  5. Tana Johnson. "Envisioning the Invisible: Non-State Actors in International Affairs." International Studies Review (Forthcoming).

Highlight:
Tana Johnson is a political scientist working in the field of international relations and international/global policy.  Her research examines the operations and design of international institutions and international organizations, especially inter-governmental organizations in the United Nations (UN) system.  Key themes in her work include the difficulty of delegation and agency relationships, the limitations of nation-states, and the importance of institutional design.  Her research has been published in top outlets such as International Organization, Journal of Politics, Review of International Political Economy, and Review of International Organizations.

Johnson's book Organizational Progeny: Why Governments are Losing Control over the Proliferating Structures of Global Governance (Oxford University Press, 2014, 2017) shows that in a variety of policy areas, global governance structures are getting harder for national governments to control.  This is not only because the quantity and staffing of international organizations has mushroomed, but also because the people working in these organizations try to insulate any new organizations against governments' interference.  Organizational Progeny won the International Studies Association's 2015 prize for the best book on international organization and multilateralism.

Johnson has received research fellowships from the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University, and from the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt University. She also has been an energy policy fellow through the Global Governance Futures (GGF) program, which brings together practitioners and academics from the United States, Japan, India, Germany, China, and Brazil.  She is a research fellow with Earth System Governance.  In addition, she serves as a faculty advisor and instructor for Duke’s Program on Global Policy and Governance, which places graduate students in internships in international governmental and non-governmental organizations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Other Information
Tana Johnson's research interests include global governance, international organizations, energy/environmental policy, and U.S. foreign policy. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in International Organization, Journal of Politics, Review of International Organizations, and Oxford Handbook of the American Presidency. Her recent book Organizational Progeny (Oxford University Press, 2014) examines the role of international bureaucrats in designing new institutions. The book is the recipient of the International Studies Association's 2015 Chadwick F. Alger Prize for the best book on international organization and multilateralism.

Johnson has received research fellowships from the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University, and from the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt University. She serves as a faculty advisor and instructor for Duke’s Program on Global Policy and Governance, which places graduate students in internships in international governmental and non-governmental organizations in Geneva, Switzerland. She also is an energy policy fellow through the Global Governance 2022 program, which consists of academics and practitioners from China, Germany, and the United States.

Tana L. Johnson