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Kimberly Moloney

Kimberly Moloney
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Professor Moloney's research sits at the nexus of public administration and development administration; and public administration, international organizations, and global governance. The former focuses on developing country island-states (Jamaica, Trinidad, Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomons) while the latter looks at 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-investigators, she is investigating public service bargains in Jamaica and Trinidad-Tobago. Her South Pacific research asks whether global discussions about aid effectiveness (Paris, Accra, Busan) and donor-NGO "partnership" have been implemented in four Pacific state. Her international organization research emanates from her 2010 dissertation on the World Bank's public sector governance policies (1983 to 2007). Related work looks at the IMF in Jamaica, international organization budget transparency, and the possibilities and limitations of applying traditional public administration to international civil servant studies. Prof. Moloney's research is driven by her use of public administration theory, models, and concepts in understanding development/comparative administration and international organization administration.

She has published in Public Administration Review, American Review of Public Administration, Public Organization Review, Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, International Review of Administration Sciences, and International Public Management Review.  She is Co-Editor of the forthcoming Handbook of Global Public Policy and Transnational Administration (Oxford University Press). She is also Co-Editor of the forthcoming Public Governance in Small Island Nations: Challenges and Responses (Taylor & Francis).

Outside of American University, she retains an affiliation with the University of Miami (US), Kyung Hee University (South Korea) and the University of the West Indies (Jamaica). In the last twenty years, she has had the pleasure of working in eight countries across five continents. For publications, research grants, and current research, see:

She is the Instructor for Introduction to Public Administration & the Policy Process.

Kimberly Maloney has a PhD in Public Administration in the School of Public Affairs at American University, an MA, International Relations/Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and an MPA from Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

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