Professor Emerita of Political Science
University of Dayton


Areas of Expertise
International Organizations, International Affairs, U.S. Foreign Policy, Multilateralism and Regimes

Margaret P. Karns is a Professor Emerita of Political Science at the University of Dayton, former director of the International Studies Program, and the founding director of the University of Dayton’s Center for International Programs from 1983 to 1995. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan and specializes in international politics, foreign policy analysis, and international organizations, with a particular emphasis on U.S. foreign policy and multilateral institutions. With Professor Karen Mingst of the University of Kentucky she has published two books: The United States and Multilateral Institutions: Patterns of Instrumentality and Influence (1990) and The United Nations in the Post-Cold War Era (1995; second edition, 2000) as well as numerous articles on UN peacekeeping, 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 from February through May 1998 to teach a training course entitled “Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations System” for mid-career Vietnamese officials at The Institute of International Relations in Hanoi. She is a past Vice President of International Studies Association, a member of the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations, and a long-time board member as well as past president of the Dayton Council on World Affairs. She serves on the editorial boards for Rowman & Littlefield’s Millennium Series, the International Studies Quarterly, and Global Governance.

Recent Publications
Margaret Karns, The United Nations in the 21st Century, 4th edition (2012)

Margaret Karns, “Peacekeeping and the Changing Role of the United Nations: Four Dilemmas,” in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations: Ad Hoc Missions, Permanent Engagement, edited by Ramesh Thakur and Albrecht Schnabel (2002).

Margaret Karns, “The United States as ‘Deadbeat’? U.S. Policy and the UN Financial Crisis,” in Multilateralism & U.S. Foreign Policy: Ambivalent Engagement  (2002).

Margaret Karns, The United Nations in the Post-Cold War Era, with Karen A. Mingst. (1995; second edition, 2000).

Updated July, 2014