Tana Johnson is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University.  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 PoliticsReview of International Political Economy, and Review of International Organizations.

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.  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 Publications by Tana Johnson:

“Cooperation, Co-optation, Competition, Conflict: International Bureaucracies and Non-Governmental Organizations in an Interdependent World.” 2016. Review of International Political Economy.

"Internal, Interactive, and Institutional Factors: A Unified Framework for Understanding International Non-Governmental Organizations" (with Andrew Heiss, Ph.D. student at Duke University).  2016.  International Studies Review.

“Envisioning the Invisible: Non-State Actors in International Affairs.” 2016. International Studies Review.

"Exploring Generalizability, Dynamics, and Policy Implications in Organizational Progeny."  2015.  International Politics Reviews 3 (2): 67-72.

“Information Revelation and Structural Superiority: The World Trade Organization’s Incorporation of Environmental Policy.” 2015. Review of International Organizations 10 (2): 207-229.

“International Bureaucrats and the Formation of Intergovernmental Organizations: Institutional Design Discretion Sweetens the Pot” (with Johannes Urpelainen). 2014. International Organization 68 (1): 175-208.

"Institutional Design and Bureaucrats' Impact on Political Control." 2013. Journal of Politics 75 (1): 183-197.

"Looking beyond States: Openings for International Bureaucrats To Enter the Institutional Design Process.” 2013. Review of International Organizations 8 (4): 499-519.

“A Strategic Theory of Regime Integration and Separation” (with Johannes Urpelainen). 2012. International Organization 66 (4): 645-677.

“Guilt by Association: The Link between States’ Influence and the Legitimacy of Intergovernmental Organizations.” 2011. Review of International Organizations 6 (1): 57-84.