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Kim Moloney, Ph.D.

Kimberly Moloney

Adjunct Professorial Lecturer School of International Service

Dr. Kim Moloney’s research intersects public administration, development administration, international organizations, and island-states. One portion of her current research explores (1) IMF civil servant interaction with Government of Jamaica civil servants; (2) aid effectiveness implementation in Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, and Solomon Islands; and (3) public service bargains between Caribbean politicians and their civil servants. The latter is funded via a three-year British Academy grant (end-2016) and includes paired articles in which I am the lead-author: parliamentary committee interaction with Ministries, food processing export challenges, tax reform implementation hurdles, and ongoing education administration reforms. The other portion of her research focuses on transnational administration via the interaction of public administration with international organizations. This includes her dissertation “The World Bank’s Public Sector Management and Governance Agenda: Actors, Tensions and Policy Change (1983 to 2007)” which focused on policy change within the World Bank’s public sector governance agenda. Recent projects include Co-Editor (with Diane Stone) of the 40-chapter Handbook on Global Public Policy and Transnational Administration (Oxford University Press, 2017), in-process papers on international organization budget non-transparency (with Rayna Stoycheva as second author), international civil servant whistleblower challenges (with Jim Bowman, Jon West as second/third authors), and the public personnel management dilemmas facing international organizations and their international civil servants. She will start a Senior Lecturer position within the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs at Murdoch University (Perth, Australia) in January 2017. Prior positions include Assistant Professor position at Kyung Hee University’s (KHU) Graduate School of Pan-Pacific International Studies in Korea; Visiting Assistant Professor within the Department of Political Science at the University of Miami (US), and Lecturer in Public Sector Management within the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies (Mona, Jamaica). She has taught at SPA while working out of United States, Korea, Jamaica, and Australia. Each reinforces the “non-location-constrained” possibilities of this degree program.


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! DC Area: 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