Tana L. Johnson
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Tana Johnson is a political scientist working in the field of international relations and international/global policy. Her work is driven by big puzzles in international relations and by important problems in the real world. In global affairs, what makes delegation and institutional design so challenging? Why do nation-states delegate to international institutions in spite of the challenges? And how could we get things to work better?
Johnson's research uses interviews, analyses of original data, archival research, formal models, and computer-assisted textual analysis. She examines the operations and design of international institutions, particularly those affiliated with the United Nations (UN) system. 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 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 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 the Duke Global Policy (DGP) Program, which places graduate students in internships in international governmental and non-governmental organizations in Geneva, Switzerland.
- Niehaus Fellowship, Princeton University, Princeton University 2010 - 2011
- Ph.D., University of Chicago 2010
Johnson, TL, and Urpelainen, J. "The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same? Developing Countries’ Unity in International Politics." Review of International Organizations (November 1, 2018).
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 2, 2016): 737-767. Full Text
Heiss, A, and Johnson, T. "Internal, Interactive, and Institutional Factors: A Unified Framework for Understanding International Nongovernmental Organizations." International Studies Review 18.3 (September 2016): 528-541. Full Text Open Access Copy
Johnson, TANA. "Information Revelation and Structural Supremacy: The World Trade Organization’s Incorporation of Environmental Policy." The Review of International Organizations 10.2 (2015): 207-229. Full Text
Johnson, T, and Urpelainen, J. "International Bureaucrats and the Formation of Intergovernmental Organizations: Institutional Design Discretion Sweetens the Pot." International Organization 68.01 (January 2014): 177-209. Full Text Open Access Copy
Johnson, TANA. "Looking beyond States: Openings for International Bureaucrats to Enter the Institutional Design Process." Review of International Organizations 8.4 (2013): 499-519. Full Text
Johnson, TANA. "Institutional Design and Bureaucrats' Impact on Political Control." Journal of Politics 75.1 (2013): 183-197.
Johnson, T, and Urpelainen, J. "A Strategic Theory of Regime Integration and Separation." INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION 66.4 (2012): 645-677. Full Text
Johnson, T. "Guilt by association: The link between states' influence and the legitimacy of intergovernmental organizations." Review of International Organizations 6.1 (2011): 57-84. Full Text
Johnson, T. "Envisioning the Invisible: Nonstate Actors in International Affairs (Published online)." International Studies Review: viv006-viv006. Full Text