Tana L. Johnson

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Assistant Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy

External Address: 
Sanford Building 236, 201 Science Drive, Box 90245, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
236 Sanford Building, 201 Science Drive, Box 90245, Durham, NC 27708
International Relations, Security, Peace, Conflict

Tana Johnson's research interests include global governance, international organizations, energy/environmental policy, interactions between the private and public sectors, and U.S. foreign policy. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in International Organization, Journal of Politics, Review of International Organizations, Review of International Political Economy, and other outlets. 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 -- 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 is the recipient of the International Studies Association's 2015 Chadwick F. Alger Prize for 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 has been an energy policy fellow through the Global Governance 2022 program, which consists of academics and practitioners from China, Germany, and the United States.


  • Niehaus Fellowship, Princeton University, Princeton University 2010 - 2011
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago 2010

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, TANA, and Calderon, V. "Poverty Alleviation and Income Inequality in Brazil." Chicago Policy Review (March 2007).