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Jonathan GS Koppell is the 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. Professor 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.

Professor 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.

Professor 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, he has written numerous opinion pieces for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and other leading publications. In 2012, he was inducted as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).

  • Ph.D. Political Science, University of California-Berkeley
  • B.A. Harvard University 
Research Interests: 
  • Global governance
  • Public finance and financial regulation
  • Quasi-government, corporate governance


Koppell, Jonathan GS. World Rule: Legitimacy, Accountability and the Design of Global Governance, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

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


Koppell, Jonathan GS., (Ed.) Origins of Shareholder Advocacy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.


Koppell, Jonathan GS., “Global rulemaking and institutional forms” In Public Administration in the Context of Global Governance. Edited by Soonhee Kim, Shena Ashley and W. Henry Lambright, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014.

Koppell, Jonathan GS., “Accountable Global Governance Organizations” In Oxford Handbook of Public Accountability. Edited by Mark Bovens, Robert E. Goodin, and Thomas Schillemans, UK: Oxford University Press, 2014

Koppell, Jonathan GS. “Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.” In Handbook Transnational Governance: Institutions and Innovations. Edited by Thomas Hale and David Held, 176- 181. Malden: Polity Press, 2011.

Koppell, Jonathan GS. “International Standards Organization.” In Handbook Transnational Governance: Institutions and Innovations. Edited by Thomas Hale and David Held, 289-294. Malden: Polity Press, 2011.

Koppell, Jonathan GS. “Shareholder Advocacy and the Development of the Corporation: The Timeless Dilemmas of an Age-old Solution.” In Origins of Shareholder Advocacy. Edited by Jonathan Koppell, 1-28. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Koppell, Jonathan GS. “Accountability for Global Governance Organizations.” In Accountable Governance: Problems and Promises. Edited by George Frederickson, and Melvin Dubnick, 55-78. Armonk: M.E. Sharpe, 2011.

Koppell, Jonathan GS. “Metaphors and the Development of American Bureaucracy”. In the Oxford Handbook of American Bureaucracy. Edited by Robert Durant, 128-150. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010

Koppell, Jonathan GS. and Ron Feldman “Congressional Oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Does Their GSE Structure Matter?” In Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Public Purposes and Private Interests. Edited by Peter Wallison. Washington D.C.: American Enterprise Institute Press, 1999.


Koppell, Jonathan GS. and Jennifer C. Auer. “Is There a Spirit of Governance?” Public Administration Review, 72(s1) (2012): 24-33.

Koppell, Jonathan GS. "Administration without borders." Public Administration Review 70.s1 (2010): 46-55.

Levin, Kelly, Benjamin Cashore, and Jonathan GS Koppell. "Can non-state certification systems bolster state-centered efforts to promote sustainable development through the clean development mechanism." Wake Forest L. Rev. 44 (2009): 777.

Koppell, Jonathan GS. "Global governance organizations: Legitimacy and authority in conflict." Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 18.2 (2008): 177-203.

Koppell, Jonathan GS. "Political Control for China's State‐Owned Enterprises: Lessons from America's Experience with Hybrid Organizations." Governance 20.2 (2007): 255-278.

Koppell, Jonathan GS. "Reform in lieu of change: Tastes great, less filling." Public Administration Review 66.1 (2006): 20-23.

Koppell, Jonathan GS. "Pathologies of accountability: ICANN and the challenge of “multiple accountabilities disorder”." Public Administration Review 65.1 (2005): 94-108.

Koppell, Jonathan GS, and Jennifer A. Steen. "The effects of ballot position on election outcomes." Journal of Politics 66.1 (2004): 267-281.

Koppell, Jonathan GS. "Hybrid organizations and the alignment of interests: The case of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac." Public Administration Review 61.4 (2001): 468-482.

Koppell, Jonathan GS. "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 (1999): 641-666.

La Raja, Ray, Jonathan Koppell, and Christine Trost. Cashing in on the Campaign: The Personal Use of Campaign Funds in California. Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, (1998).


Review of "Who Governs the Globe? by Deborah D. Avant, Martha Finnemore, and Susan K. Sell (eds). New York: Cambridge University Press, (2010) and The New Global Rulers: The Privatization of Regulation in the World Economy by Tim Büthe and Walter Mattli. Princeton: Princeton University Press, (2011)" Perspectives on Politics 11.01 (2013): 222-224.

Review of "Understanding Institutional Diversity by Elinor Ostrom." Political Science Quarterly 121.2 (2006): 365-367.

Review of "Rules for the World: International Organizations in Global Politics by Michael Barnett and Martha Finnemore." Yale J. International Affairs 1 (2005): 192.


Koppell, Jonathan GS. “Cloning Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,” Wall Street Journal, (December 28, 2009)

Koppell, Jonathan GS. and Jennifer Steen. “A Loss of Senate democracy” Albany Times-Union (October 1, 2009)

Koppell, Jonathan GS. “President Must Outline Larger Vision.” Hartford Courant (September 9, 2009)

Koppell, Jonathan GS. “Government in the Boardroom.” Economic Times of India (February 7, 2008)

Koppell, Jonathan GS. “Have Global Capital Markets Shifted?” Q4 (Fall 2008)

Koppell, Jonathan GS. and William N. Goetzmann “The Trickle-up Bailout” The Washington Post (October 1, 2008)

Koppell, Jonathan GS. “A Failure Tax” The New York Times (September 18, 2008)

Koppell, Jonathan GS. “Uncle Sam, Subprime Borrower,” The Wall Street Journal, (July 26, 2008)

Koppell, Jonathan GS. “Follow the Loan Money” The New York Times (December 26, 2004)

Koppell, Jonathan GS. “Your Ad Here” The Industry Standard (February 5, 2001)

Koppell, Jonathan GS. “Governed from cyberspace” The Australian Financial Review (November 20, 2000)

Koppell, Jonathan GS. "How Connecticut Created Electoral College Confusion . . ." Hartford Courant (November 12, 2000)

Koppell, Jonathan GS. “Some States Are More Equal Than Others” Los Angeles Times (November 9, 2000)

Koppell, Jonathan GS. “In Postmodern Politics, Style Is Substance” Los Angeles Times (October 30, 2000)

Koppell, Jonathan GS. “Bad Boys” The Industry Standard (October 24, 2000)

Koppell, Jonathan GS. “No ‘There’ There” The Atlantic Monthly (August 2000)

Koppell, Jonathan GS. “New World Order” The Industry Standard (August 28, 2000)

Koppell, Jonathan GS. “On the Internet, There’s No Place to Hide” The Industry Standard (June 19, 2000)

Koppell, Jonathan GS. “The New Politics” The Industry Standard (April 17, 2000)

Koppell, Jonathan. GS. “Disappearing Borders in an Internet World” (March 9, 2000)

Koppell, Jonathan. GS. “Where’s the Revolution,” The Industry Standard (March 7, 2000)

Koppell, Jonathan. GS. “Security and the Internet: Don’t Tread on Freedom” The Wall Street Journal (February 17, 2000)

Koppell, Jonathan. GS. “Big Government” The Industry Standard (February 5, 2000)

Koppell, Jonathan. GS. “When Private Hands Do the Public’s Work” The Los Angeles Times (December 21, 1999)

Research Activity: 
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CPP 194Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CPP 194Special Topics
Honors / Awards: 

2014 Herbert A. Simon Book Award, Public Administration Section, American Political Science Association
Jonathan Koppell, Dean, College of Public Programs for World Rule: Accountability, Legitimacy, and the Design of Global Governance (University of Chicago, 2010)

Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration


2015 – Present Member, Board of Directors, Human Services Corporation

2015 – Present Member, Leadership Council, Opportunities for Youth, Maricopa County

2014 – Present Member, Board of Directors, Arizona MultiBank

2014 – Present Member, Vice-chair, Board of Directors, Local First Arizona Foundation

2013 – Present Member, Board of Advisors, Center for the Future of Arizona

2010 – 2013 Member, Board of Directors, Alliance for Innovation

2004 – 2010 Member, Chair, City of New Haven Development Commission

2008 Member, New Haven Coliseum Redevelopment Review Committee

2005 – 2011 Member, Advisory Council, Small Business Majority