Adjunct Professor
Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA), Cornell University


Areas of Expertise
Global Governance, Intergovernmental Organizations, International Administration, International Organizations, Multilateralism and Regimes, UN Human Rights System, United Nations, United Nations Reform, Women’s Rights

Region of Focus
Latin America and the Caribbean

Currently teaches courses on international public management and results-based management (RBM). Provides technical assistance and training to UN system organizations in RBM, including undertaking program evaluations. Has consulted since 1997 with a variety of organizations. Was a career staff member of the United Nations Secretariat from 1971-1997, finishing as Deputy Director of the Division for the Advancement of Women.

Recent Publications
“The General Assembly” and “The Economic and Social Council” in Annual Review of United Nations Affairs, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, Joachim Müller and Karl Sauvant (eds), New York: Oxford University Press, 2012, 2013, 2014.
“Looking Inward: The Politics of Administering the International Public Sector,” Journal of International Organizations Studies, 5:1, 2014 with Kirsten Haak.
“Understanding how international organizations function: theory, empirical analyis, and history,” Journal of International Organizations Studies, 4:2, 2013.
“Managing Climate Change: Challenges for International Organizations and for Scholars Who Study Them,” Journal of International Organizations Studies, 4:1, 2013.
Mathiason, John, “Global Institutions” in Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture, Vol. 1, Dale Southerton (ed), Sage, 2011.
“Results-based Management of Basic Research,” in Proceedings of the International Conference on Regional and Interregional Cooperation to Strengthen Basic Sciences in Developing Countries, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1-4 September 2009, Christer Kiselman (ed), Upssala University, 2011.
“International Secretariats: Diplomats or Civil Servants,” in James Muldoon, Jr. et al. (eds), The New Dynamics of Multilateralism: Diplomacy, International Organizations, and Global Governance, New York: Westview, 2010
“Getting the Facts Right: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the new Climate Change Management Regime,” Journal of International Organization Studies, 1, September 2010
“Managing Climate Change,”Paper prepared for the Panel on The Role and Responsibility of International Institutions, 2010 Conference of the Academic Council on the United Nations System, Vienna, 5 June 2010
“The Virtual Classroom and Simulations” in Can the United Nations be Taught?: A Compendium of Innovative Teaching Techniques, Vienna, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, 2009
“The United States and UN Management: Ideology, Politics and Money since 1945 to the Future,” Paper presented to the Panel on The United States and the United Nations: Looking Forward to a Post-Westphalian World, 2009 Convention of the International Studies Association, New York City, February 16, 2009
Internet Governance: the New Frontier of Global Institutions, London: Routledge, 2008
“What Kind of International Public Service Do We Need for the 21st Century?” Global Governance, 14 (2, April-June 2008)
“Internet Governance Wars: The Realists Strike Back,” International Studies Review, (2007) 9, 152–155
“The Internet and Global Governance: Principles and Norms for a New Regime,” Global Governance, 13 (2, April-June 2007), pp. 237-254, with Milton Mueller and Hans Klein.
Mathiason, John R., “Linking Diplomatic Performance Assessment to International Results-Based Management,“ in Foreign Ministries: Managing Diplomatic Networks and Optimizing Value, Kishan S. Rana and Jovan Kurbalija (eds), Geneva: Diplo Foundation, 2007.
“Reviving Functionalism and Regime Theory to Explain the Role of International Secretariats,” paper prepared for the panel on The Agency and Influence of International Organizations at the 2007 Convention of the International Studies Association, Chicago, February 28, 2007.
Invisible Governance: International Secretariats in International Politics, Bloomfield, CT: Kumerian Press (2007)