Tana Johnson - CV 2018


Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, Duke University (2011-present)

  • Sanford School of Public Policy (primary)
  • Department of Political Science (secondary)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Princeton University (2010-2011)

  • Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance
  • Wilson School of Public and International Affairs



Ph.D. in Public Policy, University of Chicago (2010)




Johnson, Tana. 2014 (hardback), 2017 (paperback). Organizational Progeny: Why Governments are Losing Control over the Proliferating Structures of Global Governance. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 

Articles and Chapters

Johnson, Tana, and Andrew Heiss. 2018. “Liberal Institutionalism.” In International Organization and Global Governance, edited by Thomas Weiss and Rorden Wilkenson, pp. 123-134. New York, NY: Routledge.

Johnson, Tana. 2016. “Cooperation, Co-optation, Competition, Conflict: International Bureaucracies and Non-Governmental Organizations in an Interdependent World.” Review of International Political Economy 23 (5): 737-767.

Heiss, Andrew, and Tana Johnson. 2016. “Internal, Interactive, and Institutional Factors: A Unified Framework for Understanding International Non-Governmental Organizations.” International Studies Review 18 (3): 528-541.

Johnson, Tana. 2016. “Envisioning the Invisible: Non-State Actors in International Affairs.” International Studies Review 18 (1).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



  • Winner, Duke University Pedagogical Experimentation Grant (2017-2018)
  • Research Fellow, Earth Systems Governance (ESG) (2017-present)
  • Winner, International Studies Association’s Chadwick Alger Prize for best book on multilateralism (2015)
  • Runner-up, Lepgold Prize for exceptional scholarship on critical policy challenges (2015)
  • Global Energy Governance Fellow, Global Governance Futures (GGF) program in China and Germany (2012-2013)
  • Predoctoral Research Fellow, Vanderbilt University, Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI) (2009-2010)




  • Regional Consultation for the Review of the United Nations Treaty Body System (2017)
  • Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) (2015, 2016, 2018)
  • United Nations (UN), “International Geneva Luncheon Series” (Switzerland) (2015)
  • Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law (Germany) (2015)
  • Brookings Institution (2013) 

Reports and Blog Posts

“Liberal Institutionalism: Its Threatened Past, Its Threatened Future.” Brookings Institution/World Bank Future Development blog. 2018.

“International Organizations and the Trump Administration’s New Budget Proposal” (with Van Nguyen, a Duke undergraduate student). Duck of Minerva. (2018)

“Independence of International Inter-governmental Organizations.” Duck of Minerva. (2016)

“An Abdication of Global Governance?  Why We Must Take a Closer Look at International Bureaucrats.”  Global Policy. (2013)

“Energy Governance Outlook: Global Scenarios and Implications” (with Han Cheng et al.). Global Public Policy Institute. (2013) 


  • Member, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (2015-present)
  • Member, Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) (2014-present)
  • Member, Bridging the Gap Initiative (2011-present)




  • Political Analysis for Public Policy
  • Research in International Policy Issues


  • Environment, Energy, and the Economy
  • Globalization and Governance
  • Social Choice and the Political Economy of Policymaking
  • The Private and Public Sectors in Policymaking       




  • Co-organizer, Security/Peace/Conflict Workshop Series (2017-present)
  • Affiliated Faculty, Duke Center for International Development (DCID) (2014-present)
  • Affiliated Faculty, Political Science Sub-field of Security/Peace/Conflict (2013-present)
  • Faculty Advisor, University Program on Environmental Policy (UPEP) (2013-present)
  • Affiliated Faculty, Triangle Institute for Strategic Studies (TISS) (2011-present)
  • Instructor and Advisor, Duke Global Policy Program, Geneva Switzerland (2011-present)        


  • Executive Committee Member (elected), International Organization Section in the International Studies Association (ISA) (2016-present)
  • Advisory Board Member, “Delegation of Power to International Organizations” (DELPOWIO) Project at Munich Technical University in Germany (2016-present)
  • Co-organizer, "Intergovernmental Organizations and Pressure Groups" conference (2017)
  • Reviewer for National Science Foundation (NSF) (2015-present)
  • Reviewer for Oxford University Press (2014-present)
  • Reviewer for University of Chicago Press (2010-present)
  • Reviewer for: American Journal of Political Science (AJPS); American Political Science Review (APSR); Global Environmental Politics (GEP); Governance; European Journal of Public Policy (EJPP); International Journal of Public Opinion Research (IJPOR); International Organization (IO); International Studies Quarterly (ISQ); International Theory (IT); Journal of Politics (JOP); Research & Politics; Review of International Political Economy (RIPE); Review of International Organizations (RIO); World Politics (2010-present)