Margaret P. Karns is a distinguished scholar of international relations with a special interest in global governance and international organizations. She is currently visiting professor in the Ph.D. program on global governance and human security at the University of Massachusetts Boston after a long career at the University of Dayton, where she remains professor emerita of political science. 

With Karen Mingst of the University of Kentucky Karns has published three books: International Organizations: The Politics and Processes of Global Governance; The United Nations in the Post-Cold War Era; and The United States and Multilateral Institutions: Patterns of Instrumentality and Influence. She has authored or co-authored numerous articles on UN peacekeeping, post-conflict peacebuilding, global governance, and the future of the UN system. Karns' current research focuses on women in leadership in global governance. 

Last Updated: September 30, 2020