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Jonathan Koppell

Jonathan Koppell

Affiliate Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory


  • Affiliate Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory


President of Montclair State University Jonathan GS Koppell is the former Dean of the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions and the Lattie and Elva Coor Presidential Chair in the School of Public Affairs. Koppell has focused on preparing students for lives of community engagement and public service while promoting use-inspired research by faculty and research centers aimed at making our communities more prosperous, healthy and resilient. He has emphasized the transcendent focus on "public goods" that unifies the specializations of college’s four distinct schools (criminal justice, community development, public administration and policy, and social work) while connecting the college to the broad range of relevant ASU programs. Koppell’s research and writing broadly examines the design and administration of complex organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. His book World Rule: Accountability, Legitimacy and the Design of Global Governance reveals the hidden world of "global governance organizations" such as the World Trade Organization, the International Organization for Standardization and the International Accounting Standards Board that have more effect on our daily lives than we might imagine. Both his academic articles and previous book, The Politics of Quasi-Government address many of the key policy issues of the moment; including government involvement in for-profit enterprise, regulation of financial institutions and corporate governance. Koppell joined Arizona State University in 2010 as Director of the School of Public Affairs, from the Yale School of Management where he also directed the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance. In addition to scholarly publications, Koppell has written numerous opinion pieces for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and other leading publications. He holds a doctorate in political science from University of California, Berkeley and BA from Harvard. In 2012, he was inducted as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).


  • PhD, Political Sciences, University of California-Berkeley, 2000
  • MA, Political Science, University of California-Berkeley, 1996
  • AB magna cum laude, Government, Harvard College, 1993


Journal Articles


Koppell, J. G. and J. C. Auer. 2012. Is there a spirit of governance?. Public Administration Review 72(S1):24-33. DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2012.02668.x/abstract. (link )


Koppell, J. G. 2010. Administration without borders. Public Administration Review 70(s1):s46-s55. DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2010.02245.x. (link )


Levin, K., B. Cashore and J. G. Koppell. 2009. Can non-state certification systems bolster state-centered efforts to promote sustainable development through the clean development mechanism. Wake Forest Law Review 44:777.


Koppell, J. G. 2008. Global governance organizations: Legitimacy and authority in conflict. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 18(2):177-203. DOI: 10.1093/jopart/mum041. (link )


Koppell, J. G. 2007. Political control for China's state-owned enterprises: Lessons from America's experience with hybrid organizations. Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions 20(2):255-278. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0491.2007.00356.x. (link )


Koppell, J. G. 2006. Reform in lieu of change: Tastes great, less filling. Public Administration Review 66(1):20-23. DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2006.00552.x. (link )


Koppell, J. G. 2005. Pathologies of accountability: ICANN and the challenge of “multiple accountabilities disorder. Public Administration Review 65(1):94-108. DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2005.00434.x. (link )


Koppell, J. G. and J. A. Steen. 2004. The effects of ballot position on election outcomes. Journal of Politics 66(1):267-281. DOI: 10.1046/j.1468-2508.2004.00151.x. (link )


Koppell, J. G. 2001. Hybrid organizations and the alignment of interests: The case of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Public Administration Review 61(4):468-482. DOI: 10.1111/0033-3352.00050. (link )


Koppell, J. G. 1999. The challenge of administration by regulation: preliminary findings regarding the US government's venture capital funds. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 9(4):641-666. (link )



Koppell, J. G. ed. 2011. Origins of Shareholder Advocacy. Palgrave Macmillan. New York, New York.


Koppell, J. G. 2010. World Rule: Legitimacy, Accountability and the Design of Global Governance. University of Chicago Press. Chicago, Illinois.


Koppell, J. G. 2003. The Politics of Quasi-Government: Hybrid Organizations and the Dynamics of Bureaucratic Control. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge.

Book Chapters


Koppell, J. G. 2014. Accountable global governance organizations. Pp. 370-388 In: Bovens, M., R. E. Goodin and T. Schillemans eds., Oxford Handbook of Public Accountability. Oxford University Press. UK.


Koppell, J. G. 2011. Accountability for global governance organizations. Pp. 55-78 In: Frederickson, G. and M. Dubnick eds., Accountable Governance Problems and Promises. M.E. Sharpe. Armonk.

Koppell, J. G. 2011. International standards organization. Pp. 289-294 In: Hale, T. and D. Held eds., Handbook of Transnational Governance: Institutions and Innovations. Polity Press. Malden.

Koppell, J. G. 2011. Internet corporation for assigned names and numbers. Pp. 176-181 In: Hale, T. and D. Held eds., Handbook of Transnational Governance: Institutions and Innovations. Polity Press. Malden.

Koppell, J. G. 2011. Shareholder advocacy and the development of the corporation: The timeless dilemmas of an age-old solution. Pp. 1-28 In: Koppell, J. G. ed., Orgins of Shareholder Advocacy. Palgrave Macmillan. New York, New York.


Koppell, J. G. 2010. Metaphors and the development of American bureaucracy. Pp. 128-150 In: Durant, R. ed., Oxford Handbook of American Bureaucracy. Oxford University Press. New York, New York.


Koppell, J. G. and R. Feldman. 1999. Congressional oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Does their GSE structure matter?. In: Wallison, P. ed., Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Public Purposes and Private Interests. American Enterprise Institute Press. Washington, D.C.