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: Global Public Policy and Administration (renaming “Administering Global Governance” in Sem II 2018)

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 (2017-2018): Administrative Life of International Organizations: sole- and co-authored papers in process on international civil servant whistle blowers, the budget (non-) transparency of international organizations, and public personnel management issues within international organizations.

Current Topic (2017-2018): Administrative Life of Island-States: Sole- and co-authored papers (and monograph) in process on public service bargains in Jamaica and Trinidad-Tobago. This work is funded by a British Academy grant (March 2013 – October 2016) with my partners in both the UK (Lindsay Stirton, Sussex; Martin Lodge, LSE) and Jamaica (Anthony Harriott, UWI). Prior island-state work includes publications on NGO-state relations in Jamaica, an article on the public service motivations of Jamaican civil servants, along with months spent in Jamaica’s National Archives and three years teaching Public Sector Management at the University of the West Indies. 

Emerging Topic (2018/9-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 the challenges of transparency and representation within global governance. An ideal research configuration will have either a primary or secondary focus on the multilateral development banks or IOs/regional organizations with headquarters in Asia and/or Caribbean/Pacific island-states.

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 Association-Level Service
  1. President-Elect (as of Mar 2017), Section on International and Comparative Administration (SICA), American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).
  2. Elected Member, Executive Board, SICA, American Society for Public Administration, term ends 2019. This is my third term.
  3. Elected Member, Chapter Council, International Chapter, American Society for Public Administration, term ends 2018. Second term. Prior Term: 2011-2013
  4. Co-Chair, Fred Riggs Symposium, American Society for Public Administration Conference, March 2017. Eight panels, 26+ presentations, academics from 10+ countries.
Prior Association-Level Service
  1. Co-Chair, Fred Riggs Symposium, American Society for Public Administration Conference, March 2015 and March 2016.
  2. 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)
  3. Member, University of the West Indies, University of West Indies Hospital and University of Technology Ethics Committee (Jamaica), 2010-2011.
  4. Member, ASPA Strategic Steering Group, Jul 2010 to Mar 2011 (Team Purpose Completed);
  5. Member, ASPA International Outreach Action Team, May 2010 to Mar 2011 (Team Purpose Completed);
  6. Member, Subcommittee on Proposed ASPA International Chapter, May 2010 to Mar 2011 (Team Purpose Completed); and
  7. Member, ASPA’s Section on Women in Public Administration (SWPA) Scholarship Committee (2009; 2010).
Peer review: Public Administration Review; Governance; American Review of Public Administration; International Review of Public AdministrationInternational Public Management ReviewInternational Review of Administrative Sciences


Book Editor (Oxford University Press Handbook)

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

Refereed Journals

2018. 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

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

2018 (17 Jan; forthcoming). “Framing Transnational Administration and Global Public Policy: Emerging Trends, Multidisciplinary Discussions,” in Oxford University Press Handbook on Global Public Policy and Transnational Administration, Diane Stone and Kim Moloney (Eds.), Oxford University Press. Co-author: Diane Stone. ISBN: 9780198758648. See: https://bit.ly/2LDQwdB 

2018 (17 Jan; forthcoming). “International Civil Servant Management: A Personnel-Influenced Research Agenda,” in Oxford University Press Handbook on Global Public Policy and Transnational Administration, Diane Stone and Kim Moloney (Eds.), Oxford University Press. No co-author. ISBN: 9780198758648. See: https://bit.ly/2LDQwdB 

2019 (17 Jan; forthcoming). “International Organizations, Civil Servants, and Whistleblowing,” in Oxford University Press Handbook on Global Public Policy and Transnational Administration, Diane Stone and Kim Moloney (Eds.), Oxford University Press. Co-authors: Jim Bowman, Jonathan West. 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