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Tamar Gutner

Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs and Graduate Education
School of International Service

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    Associate Professor of International Relations
  • Professor Gutner is currently Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Graduate Education. Her research and teaching interests include international organizations, global environmental politics, and international political economy. Her research focuses on the performance and effectiveness of international organizations, particularly international financial institutions. She is the author of Banking on the Environment: Multilateral Development Banks and Their Performance in Central and Eastern Europe (MIT Press, 2002), and is currently writing International Organizations in World Politics (CQ Press). Her scholarly articles have appeared in journals such as International Organization and Global Environmental Politics.
  • Degrees

    Ph.D., Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.A., International Relations, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); B.S., Radio/TV/Film, Northwestern University
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Teaching

  • Summer 2014

    • SIS-603 Special Inst in Int'l Affairs: Cambridge: Int'l Sec & Intel
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    • SIS-603 Special Inst in Int'l Affairs: Geneva: WTO, Intl Trade & Dev
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Professor Gutner's research and teaching interests include international organizations, global environmental politics, and international political economy. Her research focuses on the performance and effectiveness of international organizations, particularly international financial institutions.

Selected Publications

  • "The Politics of IO Performance,"special issue of Review of International Organizations 5:3. Co-edited with Alexander Thompson.   
  • "When Doing Good Does Not: The IMF and the Millennium Development Goals," in Who Governs the Globe? edited by Deborah D. Avant, Martha Finnemore, and Susan K. Sell (Cambridge 2010).   
  • Banking on the Environment: Multilateral Development Banks and Their Environmental Performance in Central and Eastern Europe. MIT Press, 2002.   
  • "World Bank Environmental Reform: Revisiting Lessons from Agency Theory," International Organization, 2005.  
  • "Explaining the Gaps between Mandate and Performance: Agency Theory and World Bank Environmental Reform," Global Environmental Politics, 2005.   
  • "The Political Economy of Food Subsidy Reform: The Case of Egypt," Food Policy, 2002.

Work In Progress

  • International Organizations in World Politics.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • International Studies Association, Venture Research Workshop Grant, 2008
  • American University Curriculum Development Grant, 2008
  • American University School of International Service, Faculty Research Award 2003
  • American University Junior Faculty Teaching Release Program 2001-02
  •  SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship 1997-98
  • The Brookings Institution Research Fellowship in Foreign Policy Studies 1996-97
  • The Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) Dissertation Award 1996-97
  • Harvard-MIT MacArthur Transnational Security Program, summer 1996 research grant
  • Harvard Center for European Studies Dissertation Research Fellowship 1995-96
  • MIT-Volvo Award for Environmental Research 1994-95

Professional Presentations

  • 2009. Chair. “NGOs, Democracy, and Development.” Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Conference.   
  • 2009. Paper. “IO Performance,” 2nd Conference on the Political Economy of International Organizations, Geneva, Switzerland.   
  • 2008. Paper and Workshop Chair, with Alex Thompson. “Explaining IO Performance: An Initial Framework.” International Studies Association Conference.   
  • 2007. Paper. "Minding the Gap: Understanding IO Performance." International Studies Association Conference.   
  • 2006.  Presentation. "The Pathology of Mission Seep: Lessons from the Millennium Development Goals." Workshop on "Who are the Global Governors," Institute for Global and International Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.   
  • 2005. Paper, with Stacy D. Van Deveer. "Evaluating IO Environmental Performance." Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change: International Organisations and Global Environmental Governance. Free University of Berlin.
  • 2005. Paper and Panel Chair. "Pathologies of Delegation: The IMF and the Millennium Development Goals." On "International Financial Institution Influence on Domestic and International Policy." American Political Science Association conference.
  • 2004. Paper. "Why is World Bank Environmental Reform Uneven? Insights from Agency Theory." Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change: Greening of Policies. Free University of Berlin. 
  • 2004. Discussant. Workshop on "The Theory and Practice of International Organization." The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

AU Expert

Area of Expertise: International financial institutions, World Bank, European Investment Bank, international organizations, international environmental politics, international relations

Additional Information: Professor Gutner's
research focuses on the performance and effectiveness of international organizations, particularly international financial institutions, such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. She is the author of Banking on the Environment: Multilateral Development Banks and Their Performance in Central and Eastern Europe (MIT Press, 2002), and is currently writing International Organizations in World Politics (CQ Press). Her scholarly articles have appeared in journals such as International Organization, Review of International Organizations and Global Environmental Politics.
 

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