Roger Coate
Professor, Georgia College; Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of South Carolina

Craig Murphy
Research Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston; Professor, Wellesley College

Margaret Karns
Professor Emerita of Political Science University of Dayton; Visiting Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston


As part of the ‘ACUNS @ 30’ celebrations, Margaret Karns spoke with the inaugural editors of Global Governance, Craig Murphy and Roger Coate, about the motivations for and challenges involved with establishing a new journal. In the early 1990s, Murphy and Coate were part of a committee to consider the future of ACUNS publications, which until that point were predominantly small booklets with limited circulation. While establishing a new journal was not part of the committee’s mandate it was ultimately decided that this approach would best support ACUNS.

Inaugural editors Roger Coate (L) and Craig Murphy (R)

ACUNS is comprised of scholars and practitioners, and the differences between academic articles and policy papers created one of the first challenges for the editors as they worked to establish a journal that would benefit both groups. With the support of Lynne Rienner Publishers, the United Nations University, and scholar-practitioners such as Thomas Weiss and Ramesh Thakur, the first issue of Global Governance offered a balance of articles from the Secretary General, academics, and practitioners. The journal was an immense success and almost immediately after the first issue the editors began to receive high-quality, unsolicited, submissions and positive feedback.

Global Governance planning session

Global Governance Journal Volume 1, Issue 1 (1995) Table of Contents

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Roger A. Coate is the Paul D. Coverdell Professor of Public Policy at Georgia College and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of South Carolina. He is Chair-elect of ACUNS and has served as Vice Chair, member of the Executive Committee, and Chair of the Committee on Governance of ACUNS. Coate served as senior staff consultant to the U.S. Secretary of State’s Monitoring Panel on UNESCO in 1984–1985; member of the U.S. Delegation to the 31st UNESCO General Conference; member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Board of International Scientific Organizations, 2001–2006; member of the UN Habitat II Secretary-General’s Advisory Panel on Housing Rights, 1996; and United Nations Fellow in the Centre for Human Rights, 1990. Coate’s research and teaching interests focus on public policy related to multilateral relations, international organization, and global governance. His specific areas of expertise and research interests include: leadership and the role of the United States in the UN system, UN and international organization reform, international administration, the role of civil society in global governance, nonprofit management, and U.S. multilateral foreign policy. He is author or co-author of more than a dozen books and monographs, including: The United Nations and Changing World Politics [Eight editions]; Identity Politics in an Age of Globalization; United Nations Politics: Responding to a Challenging World; International Cooperation in Response to AIDS; United States Policy and the Future of the United Nations; and Unilateralism, Ideology and United States Foreign Policy: The U.S. In and Out of UNESCO.

Craig Murphy studies the global politics of economic development, global governance, international political economy, and international relations theory. He is the co-director of the Center for Governance and Sustainability. Murphy is past-president of the International Studies Association (2000–01) and past-chair of the Academic Council on the UN System (2002–04). He was one of the two founding editors of the international public policy journal, Global Governance, which received the 1996 award from the American Association of Publishers for the best new journal in the social sciences, management, and the humanities.

Murphy is actively involved with the effort to reform the UN’s work throughout the developing world including as a consultant for the World Economic Forum’s Global Redesign Initiative and for the FUNDS (Future of the UN Development System) Project. Murphy has overseen post-doctoral students and served on doctoral committees in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America and is regularly consulted on program design and the pedagogy of international studies, a role he has played at Haverford, Manchester, Middlebury, Mount Holyoke, Rice, Rutgers, Tufts, Williams and other schools.

Professor Karns was among the forty participants in the 1987 conference at Dartmouth College that led to the creation of ACUNS.  She was tasked there with a plenary presentation on “Teaching International Organization.”  Subsequently, she conducted the session on the same topic at the initial ACUNS Summer Workshop in 1991.  Most of her career in academe was spent as a member of the faculty at the University of Dayton, where she also served as director of the International Studies Program and founding director of the University of Dayton’s Center for International Programs from 1983 to 1995.

Currently, Professor Karns is Visiting Professor in the University of Massachusetts Boston John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies where she teaches courses on global governance and international organizations in the doctoral program in Global Governance and Human Security.   As a scholar, Professor Karns specializes in global governance and international organizations, including the United Nations, with a particular emphasis on UN peacekeeping and post-conflict peacebuilding.  With Professor Karen A. Mingst of the University of Kentucky she has published three books:  The United States and Multilateral Institutions: Patterns of Instrumentality and Influence (1990); International Organizations: The Politics and Processes of Global Governance (3rd ed., 2015) whose first edition won the ACUNS 2006 Prize for the Best Book on the United Nations and the United Nations System; and The United Nations in the 21stCentury (5th ed., 2017).