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Kim Moloney, Ph.D.

Kimberly Moloney

Adjunct Professorial Lecturer School of International Service

Prof. Moloney's research sits at the nexus of (a) public administration and development administration; and (b) public administration, international organizations, and global governance. The former is focused upon developing country island-states (Jamaica, Trinidad, Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomons) while the latter is focused upon multilateral development banks and bilateral aid donors. Her island-state research is backed by a three-year British Academy grant (2013-2016). Along with her three co-PIs, she is investigating public service bargains in Jamaica and Trinidad-Tobago. Her South Pacific research is backed by a one-year Kyung Hee University grant (2012-2013). She asks whether global discussions about aid effectiveness (Paris, Accra, Busan) and donor-NGO "partnership" have been implemented in four Pacific states: Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. Her international organization research emanates from her 2010 dissertation on the World Bank's public sector governance policies (1983 to 2007) and was strengthened by a post-dissertation summer 2012 Centennial Center Fellowship at the American Political Science Association. Separate (and ongoing) work looks at the interaction of IMF officials and Government of Jamaica civil servants. Outside of American University, she retains an affiliation with Kyung Hee University (South Korea) and the University of the West Indies (Jamaica). For publications, research grants, and current research, see:


PhD, Public Administration, School of Public Affairs, American University (2011); MA, International Relations/Economics, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University (2005); MPA, Maxwell School, Syracuse University (2004); BSc, Economics and International Relations, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1996).

Favorite Spot on Campus
Any Cafe with Coffee! In DC: Library of Congress, National Zoo, Wolf Trap, Lincoln Memorial
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • American Society for Public Administration


  • American Political Science Association


  • Latin American Studies Association


  • Caribbean Studies Association


  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management


  • Public Management Research Association