Dr. John Mathiason


Professor, Syracuse University


John Mathiason is Visiting Lecturer at the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs at Cornell University where he teaches courses in international public and non-governmental organization management and results-based management in international organizations.  He was formerly Professor of International Relations at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and Project Manager for International Education and Distance Learning with Maxwell’s Executive Education Program. His current research interests focus on the way in which international organizations deliver public services including United Nations reform, international governance of the Internet and management of the international climate change regime. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mathiason has provided management training and advisory assistance to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Provisional Technical Secretariat of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, the United Nations International Institute for Training and Research for the Advancement of Women, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the ILO, FAO, WHO, the United Nations Development Group and the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services. In addition he has served as a staff member of the United Nations Secretariat from 1971 through 1996.

Some recent publications include:

  • Internet Governance: The New Frontier of Global Institutions, London: Routledge, 2008.
  • "What Kind of International Public Service Do We Need for the 21st Century?" Global Governance, 14 (2, April-June 2008).
  • "Internet Governance Wars: The Realists Strike Back," International Studies Review, (2007) 9, 152-155.
  • Milton L. Mueller, John Mathiason and Hans Klein, "The Internet and Global Governance: Principles and Norms for a New Regime." Global Governance, 13 (2, April-June 2007), pp. 237-254.
  • Invisible Governance: International secretariats in world politics, Bloomfield, CT: Kumerian Press, 2007.