Dr. Kim Moloney
BSc (Wisconsin); MPA (Syracuse - Maxwell School); MA (Johns Hopkins - SAIS), PhD (American University)

Senior Lecturer in Global Public Administration and Public Policy

About me

I am fascinated by the actors, institutions, and processes of government life. To understand difference, social justice, and inequality, one must interact with states, governments, civil society, corporations, and our global governance system. This includes an understanding of how power, ethics, and social justice intersect with accountability, transparency, legitimacy, and representation.

My academic training has encompassed International Relations, Economics, and Public Administration along with Latin America, Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa. Recent academic practice has focused largely on the administrative life of international organizations (e.g. personnel management, whistle blowing, stakeholder power) and various public sector management issues within the Caribbean along with a bit of the South Pacific. More broadly, my life experiences and as such, my academic life and its practice, have been shaped by working abroad on six continents and in nine countries: United States, England, New Zealand, Zambia, Kenya, Peru, Jamaica, South Korea, and now, Australia. 

Teaching area

POL 332: Administering Global Governance

SWM 515: Introduction to Public Sector Management

SWM 651: Comparative Governance and Public Administration

Research areas

  1. The intersection of public administration, international organizations, and global governance with a particular focus on international civil servants, public personnel management, whistle blowing, global administrative law, administrative tribunals, and stakeholder power.
  2. The intersection of public administration with development and comparative administration with a particular focus on island-states, public service motivation, civil society – state relationships, and public service bargains in post-colonial island-states.

Current projects

My research agenda is split into two separate but interrelated parts.

Current Topic (2017-2019): Administrative Life of International Organizations: sole- and co-authored papers published on international civil servant whistleblowers, the budget (non-) transparency of international organizations, and public personnel management issues within international organizations.

Current Topic (2013 with 2019 end-date): Administrative Life of Island-States: Sole- and co-authored papers (and monograph) in process on public service bargains in Jamaica and Trinidad-Tobago. To-date publications includes a co-authored article on these bargains in the Caribbean. This work is funded by a British Academy grant (Mar 2013-Oct 2016) with partners in the UK (Lindsay Stirton, Sussex; Martin Lodge, LSE) and Jamaica (Anthony Harriott, UWI). My other island-state publications: (a) NGO-state relations in Jamaica; (b) public service motivations of Jamaican civil servants; (c) debt administration in island-states. This includes two months spent in Jamaica’s National Archives, 50+ NGO/donor interviews in Fiji/Vanuatu/Samoa/Solomon Islands, and three years teaching Public Sector Management at the University of the West Indies (Mona, Jamaica). 

Emerging Topic (2019-forward): International Organization Accountability & Legitimacy Challenges: Current research, prior publications, prior work on international civil servant stakeholders (PhD), and an emergent interest in international administrative tribunals will coalesce into one or more of the following: (a) how our public administration disciplinary knowledge might interact with international organization administrative life; (b) using public administration’s disciplinary knowledge to understand IO accountability and legitimacy challenges along with transparency and representation challenges within global governance. An ideal configuration will focus on the multilateral development banks and IOs/ROs with headquarters in the Indo-Pacific. Related in-progress work (as of Sep 2018) includes (a) co-authored article (my lead) on pedagogical approaches to teaching global policy and transnational administration; (b) co-authored article (my lead) on links between domestic studies of public administration and international public administration; and (c) sole-authored article on interactions between transnational administration and international public administration.

Awards and grants

Research Grant: British Academy – International Partnership and Mobility Scheme, Project Title: “Legal Transplants and Public Service Bargains: Explaining Civil Service Performance and Reform in Jamaica and Trinidad-Tobago” (March 2013 to October 2016), £29,544.

Research Awards/Fellowships and Teaching Awards

Teaching Award: Best undergraduate professor (Kyung Hee University, Kyunghee International College, Suwon, South Korea): March-June 2013; September-December 2013.

Research Fellowship: Centennial Center Fellowship of the American Political Science Association (June/July 2012).

Events and speaking engagements


2017 (15 Sep): Invited Panelist, Institute of Public Administration Western Australia (IPAA) “Policy in Practice”, Adina Hotel, Perth. Topic: the myth of crisis, improper and proper crisis management, passive and active representative bureaucracy.

2017 (9 May): Invited Speaker, “Whistle Blowing and the International Civil Servant,” Politics and International Relations Seminar Series, University of Western Australia.

2017 (19 Mar): Invited Panelist, American Society of Public Administration, “Ferrel Heady Roundtable”, Atlanta GA, USA. Assigned Topic: “the administrative challenges in an anti-democracy time”

2017 (18 Mar). Invited Panelist, “Using Social Media as a Section Leader” at Section Leadership Meeting, American Society of Public Administration Conference, Atlanta GA.

2017 (22 Feb): Invited Panelist, Institute of Public Administration Western Australia (IPAA) “Espresso Series”, St. Georges, Perth. Topic: key public administration issues, debates and tensions in American public administration plus a short review of presidential power, executive orders, and signing statements.

2016 (19 Mar). Invited Panelist, “Public Administration and the World” at the Ferrel Heady Roundtable, American Society of Public Administration, Seattle WA.

2010 (Apr). Invited Panelist, “We are not a Niche: The Future of Comparative Public Administration,” Super Session Roundtable on Public Administration in 2020, American Society of Public Administration, San Jose CA.

2009 (27-28 Apr). Invited Panelist, “Bureaucratic Politics and the World Bank’s Public Sector Management Policies,” Researchers Alliance for Development Conference on the World Bank, Washington DC. One of thirteen Ph.D. students worldwide (and only American in the 2009 class) to present World Bank dissertation findings.


Professional and community service

Current Associational Service
  • Chair-Elect (as of Mar 2017; Chair in Mar 2019 for two years), Section on International and Comparative Administration (SICA), American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).
  • Elected Member, Executive Board, SICA, American Society for Public Administration, term ends 2019. This is my third term.
  • Chair, Fred Riggs Symposium, American Society for Public Administration Conference, March 2019. Twelve panels, 50+ authors.
  • Elected Member, Chapter Council, International Chapter, American Society for Public Administration, term ends 2018. Second term. Prior Term: 2011-2013
Prior Associational Service
  • Co-Chair, Fred Riggs Symposium, ASPA Conference, March 2015, March 2016.
  • Member, Fred Riggs Symposium, ASPA Conference, March 2017, March 2018.
  • Appointed by ASPA President in Mar 2011 to ASPA Strategic Imperatives Group (SIG) for SIG1: “ASPA will be the voice of good governance at home and internationally” (Team Purpose Completed)
  • Member, University of the West Indies, University of West Indies Hospital and University of Technology Ethics Committee (Jamaica), 2010-2011.
  • Member, ASPA Strategic Steering Group, Jul 2010 to Mar 2011 (Team Purpose Completed);
  • Member, ASPA International Outreach Action Team, May 2010 to Mar 2011 (Team Purpose Completed);
  • Member, Subcommittee on Proposed ASPA International Chapter, May 2010 to Mar 2011 (Team Purpose Completed); and
  • Member, ASPA’s Section on Women in Public Administration (SWPA) Scholarship Committee (2009; 2010).
Peer Review (Publons: https://publons.com/author/1340317/kim-moloney#profile):
Public Administration Review; Governance; Journal of European Public Policy; American Review of Public Administration; International Review of Public Administration; International Studies Quarterly; International Review of Administrative Sciences; Review of Public Personnel Administration; Contemporary Politics; Public Performance & Management Review; International Public Management Review

Doctoral and masters supervisions

PhD Students

  • Started (Mar 2018). Ellen Brookes — Securitising ‘Undesirable’ Populations in Korea and Japan. My role is 40pct. Kanishka Jayasuriya has 60pct.
  • Started (Sep 2018). Martin Aher — Examining the Causality of an Abortive Peace Settlement in South Sudan. My role is 30pct. Ben Reilly has 70pct.
MA Students (12000-word research papers)
  • Started (Apr 2018): Conor Brennan — Extreme Solar Weather: What Can Western Australia do to Mitigate its Threat?
  • Completed (Jul 2018): Freya Whitehead — More than a Bird Song: Analysing President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s Campaign Gender Narrative
MA Students (5000-word case studies)
  • Started (Jul 2018): Priyanka Khade — Impact of Air Quality on Respiratory and Cardiovascular Mortality in Delhi India
  • Completed (Jul 2018): Muriel Leclercq — Western Australian Shark Attack Mitigation Strategy: Policy Analysis for the Minister for Fisheries)
Prior MA Thesis Students (University of the West Indies, 15000-word research papers)
  • Completed (2012): Alvin Allen — Budget Support: Evaluating the EU’s Support of JCFRMP
  • Completed (2012): Kerry-Ann Bailey — The Effects of Biometric Technology on Law Enforcement: An Assessment of Jamaica’s Automated Fingerprint Identification System
  • Completed (2011): Desmond Brooks — Implementation in Hierarchical Police Auxiliaries: An Examination of the Enforcement of the Wildlife Protection and Endangered Species Laws in Jamaica
  • Completed (2011): Andrene Henry — Assessing the Progress of Implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action in Jamaica circa 2005-2010: The Institutional Dimensions
  • Completed (2011): Rowena Wedderburn — Sustainable Development in the Jamaican Public Sector: The Scope for Green Public Procurement



(Full Manuscript is Under Review at a University Press, Aug 2018). Who Matters? Policy Change and Public Sector Governance at the World Bank (1980 to 2012).

Oxford University Press Handbook (Co-Editor)

2019 (17 Jan; forthcoming). Stone, Diane; Moloney, Kim (Eds). Oxford Handbook of Global Policy and Transnational Administration, Oxford UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780198758648. See: https://bit.ly/2LDQwdB 

Refereed Journals

2019. Moloney, Kim; Bowman, James S.; West, Jonathan P. “Challenges Confronting Whistleblowing and the International Civil Servant,” Review of Public Personnel Administration. DOI: 10.1177/0734371X18767247

2019. Moloney, Kim. “Debt Administration in Small Island-States,” Australian Journal of Public Administration. DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12347

2018. Moloney, Kim; Stoycheva, Rayna. “Partial Two-Way Mirror: International Organization Budget Transparency,” Global Policy, 9(1): 26-40. DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.12523

2016. Moloney, Kim; Chu, Hyo-Youn. “Public Service Motivation, Ethics, and Corruption: The Jamaican Case,” American Review of Public Administration, 46(4): 436-458. DOI: 10.1177/0275074014557022

2016. Moloney, Kim; Krislov, Samuel. “Legal-Administrative Responses and Democratic Deconsolidation,” Public Organization Review, 16(1): 17-37.DOI: 10.1007/s11115-014-0291-x

2015. Stirton, Lindsay; Lodge, Martin; Moloney, Kim. “Whitehall in the Caribbean? The Legacy of Colonial Administration for Post-Colonial Democratic Development,” Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Special Issue: Revisiting Westminster in the Caribbean, 53(1): 8-28. DOI: 10.1080/14662043.2014.993144

2013. Moloney, Kim. “Governing without Collaboration: State and Civil Society relations in Jamaica,” International Public Management Review, 14(1): 1-26.

2013. Moloney, Kim. “Comment on Antti Talvitie’s Paper, 2012: Observed Differences in Corruption between Asia and Africa: The Industrial Organization of Corruption and Its Cure,” International Public Management Review, 14(1): 68-74..

2012. Gulrajani, Nilima; Moloney, Kim. “Globalizing Public Administration: Today’s Research and Tomorrow’s Agenda,” Public Administration Review, 72(1): 78-86. DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2011.02489.x

2010. Moloney, Kim; Gulrajani, Nilima. “Globalized World, Globalized Research, Version 20.20,” Public Administration Review, 70 (Special Issue): s298-s299. Co-Author: Nilima Gulrajani. DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2010.02291.x

2009. Moloney, Kim. “Public Administration and Governance: A Sector-Level Analysis of World Bank Aid,” International Review of Administrative Sciences, 75(4): 609-627. DOI: 10.1177/0020852309349432

Book Chapters

2019 (17 Jan; in press). “,” in Oxford Handbook of Global Policy and Transnational Administration, Diane Stone and Kim Moloney (Eds.), Oxford University Press. Co-author: Diane Stone, pp. 3-20. ISBN: 9780198758648. See: https://bit.ly/2LDQwdB 

2019 (17 Jan; in press). “International Civil Servant Management: A Personnel-Influenced Research Agenda,” in Oxford Handbook of Global Policy and Transnational Administration, Diane Stone and Kim Moloney (Eds.), Oxford University Press. No co-author, pp. 671-690. ISBN: 9780198758648. See: https://bit.ly/2LDQwdB 

2019 (17 Jan; in press). “International Organizations, Civil Servants, and Whistleblowing,” in Oxford Handbook of Global Policy and Transnational Administration, Diane Stone and Kim Moloney (Eds.), Oxford University Press. Co-authors: Jim Bowman, Jonathan West, pp. 710-728. ISBN: 9780198758648. See: https://bit.ly/2LDQwdB 

2018. “Hurdles to an Asian Century of Public Administration” in Public Policy in the ‘Asian Century’: Concepts, Cases and Futures, Sara Bice, Avery Poole, Helen Sullivan (Eds.), Palgrave MacMillan: 267-292. No co-author.

2008. “Representative Bureaucracy and Decentralization: A Preliminary Cross-National Study,” in Governance and Institutional Re-Engineering, Ann Marie Bissessar (Ed.), Cambridge Scholars: 105-149. No co-author.

Book Reviews

2014. Moloney, Kim. Review of Thomas Carothers and Diane De Gramont, Development Aid Confronts PoliticsGovernance, 27 (No. 2), 361-364. DOI: 10.1111/gove.12078

2010. Moloney, Kim. Review of Louis A. Picard and Terry F. Buss, A Fragile Balance: Re-examining the History of Foreign Aid, Security, and DiplomacyGovernance, 23 (No. 3), 540-544. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0491.2010.01493_5.x

2010. Moloney, Kim. Review of Michael W. Bauer and Christoph Knill (Eds.) Management Reforms in International OrganizationsPublic Organization Review, 10 (No. 1), 89-92. DOI: 0.1007/s11115-009-0080-0

2007. Moloney, Kim. Review of Krishna Tummala, Comparative Bureaucratic Systems(2007), Public Administration Review, 67 (No. 6), 1083–1086DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2007.00800.x

2004. Olsen, Kim (as Olsen). Review of Kay B. Warren and Jean E. Jackson (Eds.), Indigenous Movements, Self-Representation, and the State in Latin America¸ Journal of Latin American Geography, 3 (Dec 2004). DOI: 10.1353/lag.2005.0013

2003. Olsen, Kim (as Olsen). Review of Bob Woodward, Bush at War (History’s First Draft), SAIS Review, 23 (No. 2, Summer 2003), 227-231. DOI: 10.1353/sais.2003.0050

2002. Olsen, Kim (as Olsen). Review of Ambassador Princeton Lyman, Partner to History: The U.S. Role in South Africa’s Transition to Democracy, SAIS Review, 22 (No. 1, Winter 2003), 329-332. DOI: 10.1353/sais.2003.0026

Issue Briefs

2018. Moloney, Kim; Stoycheva, Rayna (5 Feb). “Following the Money: How Transparent are the World’s International Organisations?” Issue Brief, Australian Outlook, Australian Institute of International Affairs, see: https://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/io-transparency/

2018. Moloney, Kim; West, Jonathan P.; Bowman, James S. (15 Jun). “Letting the Sun Shine In: Whistleblowers in International Organisations,” Issue Brief, Australian Outlook, Australian Institute of International Affairs, see: https://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/letting-the-sun-shine-in-whistleblowers-in-international-organisations/

Murdoch University Press Releases

2018. “Researchers urge international organisations to lift veil of secrecy”, see: http://media.murdoch.edu.au/researchers-urge-international-organisations-to-lift-veil-of-secrecy