Margaret P. Karns is Professor Emerita of Political Science at the University of Dayton, first director of the International Studies Program, and the founding director of the University of Dayton’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 (2nd ed., 2010), The United States and Multilateral Institutions: Patterns of Instrumentality and Influence (1990) and The United Nations in the Post-Cold War Era (4th ed., 2012) as well as numerous articles on the United States and the United Nations, UN peacekeeping, the roots of post-conflict peacebuilding, global governance, and the future of the UN system.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 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 International Studies Association, a national member of the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations, and long-time board member and past President of the Dayton Council on World Affairs.
Since moving to North Andover, MA in 2012, Professor Karns has become an External Faculty Fellow of the Center on Governance and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Boston, has taught a graduate seminar on “Evolving Global Governance” at UMB and given guest lectures at the University of New Hampshire.