Faculty & Staff

Margaret P. Karns, PhD

Visiting Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance, McCormack Graduate School


Areas of Expertise

International Politics, International Organizations and Global Governance, the United Nations System, Foreign Policy Analysis, U.S. Foreign Policy and Multilateral Institutions, Post-conflict Peacebuilding and Women and leadership in Global Governance


PhD, University of Michigan

Additional Information

Curriculum Vitae 

Margaret Karns is a distinguished scholar of international relations with a special interest in global governance and international organizations.  She is currently Visiting Professor in the PhD Program on Global Governance and Human Security at the University of Massachusetts Boston after a long career at the University of Dayton where she remains Professor Emerita of Political Science.  She was the first director of UD’s International Studies Program and the founding director of the University's Center for International Programs from 1983 to 1995.  With Karen Mingst of the University of Kentucky she has published three books:  International Organizations: The Politics and Processes of Global Governance (3rd ed., 2015) whose first edition received the 2006 ACUNS prize for Best Book on the United Nations and the United Nations System; The United Nations in the 21st Century (5th ed., 2016); and The United States and Multilateral Institutions: Patterns of Instrumentality and Influence (1990).  She has authored or coauthored numerous articles on the United States and the United Nations, UN peacekeeping, the roots of post-conflict peacebuilding, global governance, Asia-Pacific regionalism, and the future of the UN system. Her current research focuses on women in global peace and security governance.

During 1995-96, Professor Karns was Visiting Professor of International Relations at the John Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China. She returned to Asia in 1998 to teach a training course on “Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations System” for Vietnamese government officials at The Institute of International Relations in Hanoi and again in May 2006 to lecture and serve as a consultant to the International Studies program at National University of Vietnam in Hanoi. In April 2007, she co-taught a workshop for thirty Vietnamese faculty in international relations on “International Relations since the Cold War’s End” with Professor Karen Mingst.  She is a past Vice President of the International Studies Association, a national member of the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations, long-time board member and past President of the Dayton Council on World Affairs, and currently vice chair and board member of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS).  She will give the John W. Holmes Memorial Lecture at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System in Seoul, South Korea.