Koehn, Peter H. 1944-

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Koehn, Peter H. 1944-
(Peter Harold Koehn)


Born August 24, 1944, in Rockville Centre, NY; son of John P. (a port captain) and Marjorie F. (a teacher) Koehn; married; wife's name Eftychia (marriage ended); married Aminata Diop (marriage ended); married Phyllis Bo-yuen Ngai, February 4, 2006; children: Nerissa N., Justin N., Jason N. Education: Attended University of Vienna, 1964; Trinity College, Hartford, CT, B.A. (cum laude), 1966; University of Colorado, Boulder, M.P.A., 1968, Ph.D., 1973. Religion: Congregationalist.


Office—Department of Political Science, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812. E-mail—[email protected].


Writer. Haile Selassie I University (now Addis Ababa University), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, lecturer in public administration, 1970-72; University of Montana, Missoula, instructor, 1972-73, assistant professor, 1973-77, associate professor, 1977-81, professor of political science, 1981—, founding director of international programs, 1987-96. Ahmadu Bello University, principal research fellow, 1978-80, Fulbright lecturer, 1979-80; University of Namibia, visiting professor of public administration, 1991; Shanghai International Studies University, exchange professor of English, 1996-97; Chinese University of Hong Kong, visiting professor and director of research and development at Hong Kong-America Center, 1997-98; University of Joensuu, scholar in residence at Center for Ethnic Studies, 2002; guest lecturer at other institutions, including University of Florida, University of New South Wales, Trillium Health Centre, University of Windsor, and University of Minnesota. Consortium for International Development, member of board of trustees, 1993-97; International Student Exchange Program, founding member of Task Force on Africa, 1994-97; advisor to universities around the world; project administrator and consultant to numerous institutions and agencies, including U.S. Agency for International Development, UNICEF, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform; workshop and seminar presenter; public speaker; guest on media programs.


Association of International Education Administrators (member of executive committee, 1991-95).


Funding for Ethiopia, International Council for Educational Development and TransCentury Corp., 1970-72; Fulbright senior scholar in Hong Kong, 1997-98, new century scholar in Finland, 2002; Distinguished scholars, University of Montana, 2005; grants from Arnold P. Gold Foundation, U.S. Information Agency, U.S. Department of Education, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Japan International Cooperation Agency, National Council for International Visitors, Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, U.S. Agency for International Development, Japan-United States Friendship Commission, Montana Committee for the Humanities, Rockefeller Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies and Social Science Research Council, and National Endowment for the Humanities.


(With Lauren S. McKinsey) Lake County, Montana: Growth of a Small Government, Bureau of Government Research, University of Montana (Missoula, MT), 1975.

(With James J. Lopach) Profile of Montana Local Government Study Commissioners, Bureau of Government Research, University of Montana (Missoula, MT), 1976.

(With Jan Konigsberg) Conduct of Local Government Review in Missoula, Montana: Dynamics of a City-County Consolidation Proposal, Bureau of Government Research, University of Montana (Missoula, MT), 1976.

(With James J. Lopach) Montana Local Government Review: An Analysis and Summary, Bureau of Government Research, University of Montana (Missoula, MT), 1977.

(With Sidney R. Waldron) Afocha: A Link between Community and Administration in Harar, Ethiopia, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY), 1978.

(With John M. Cohen) Ethiopian Provincial and Municipal Government: Imperial Patterns and Post-Revolution Changes (monograph), African Studies Center, Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI), 1980.

(With A.Y. Aliyu) Local Autonomy and Inter-Governmental Relations in Nigeria: The Case of the Northern States in the Immediate Post Local Government Reform Period (1976-79), Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University (Zaria, Nigeria), 1982.

(Editor, with E.A.O. Oyeyipo and Lucille Joye) Cases in Post Reform Nigerian Administration, Department of Local Government Studies, Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University (Zaria, Nigeria), 1982.

(With Girma Negash) Resettled Refugees and Asylum Applicants: Implications of the Case of Migrants from Ethiopia for United States Policy (monograph), Center for Ethiopian Studies (Arlington, VA), 1987.

Public Policy and Administration in Africa: Lessons from Nigeria, Westview Press (Boulder, CO), 1990.

Refugees from Revolution: U.S. Policy and Third-World Migration, Westview Press (Boulder, CO), 1991.

(Editor, with Joseph Y.S. Cheng) 1997-1998 Fenghui Hou Zhongmei Guanxi Zhi Fazhan, Chinese University Press (Hong Kong, now in China), 1999.

(Editor, with Joseph Y.S. Cheng, and contributor) The Outlook for U.S.-China Relations following the 1997-1998 Summits: Chinese and American Perspectives on Security, Trade, and Cultural Exchange, Chinese University Press (Hong Kong, now in China), 1999.

(Editor, with Olatunde J.B. Ojo, and contributor) Making Aid Work: Innovative Approaches for Africa at the Turn of the Century, University Press of America (Lanham, MD), 1999.

(Editor, with Xiao-huang Yin, and contributor) The Expanding Roles of Chinese Americans in U.S.-China Relations: Transnational Networks and Trans-Pacific Interactions, M.E. Sharpe (Armonk, NY), 2002.

Contributor to books, including Subsaharan Africa in the 1990s: Challenges to Democracy and Development, edited by Rukhsana A. Siddiqui, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1997; Handbook of Crisis and Emergency Management, edited by Ali Farazmand, Marcel Dekker (New York, NY), 2001; Administrative Reform in Developing Countries, edited by Ali Farazmand, Praeger Publishers (Westport, CT), 2002; Comparative Bureaucratic Systems, edited by Krishna K. Tummala, Lexington Books (Oxford, England), 2003; and International and Multicultural Organizational Communication, edited by George Barnett and George Cheney, Hampton Press (Cresskill, NY), 2005. Contributor of articles and reviews to professional journals, other magazines, and newspapers, including Climatic Change, Thunderbird International Business Review, Globalization and Health, Global Social Policy, Journal of Refugee Studies, Journal of Sustainable Development, EcoHealth, International Review of Administrative Sciences, Pacific Affairs, Journal of American-East Asian Relations, World Executive's Digest, Journal of African Policy Studies, and Journal of Transcultural Nursing. Member of editorial board, Nigerian Journal of Public Affairs, 1989-95, International Education Forum, 1990-97, and East Asia, 2004—.


Peter H. Koehn told CA: "I write about politics—broadly defined. What most interest me are individual dispositions or behaviors and global/local connections. Since high school I have been most inspired by others—other people, cultures, places. One learns the most and experiences the most fulfilling insights from those who are radically different.

"My primary motivation for writing is to share knowledge and insights with others—primarily students. To facilitate those who follow, I am meticulous about citing the exact sources I have consulted. I view scholarship as analogous to detective work—a process of constantly building upon, revising, refining, and advancing prior clues.

"My written work spans African, Asian, U.S., and European issues. Currently I am focused on interdependence challenges—especially global/local health and climate change. In a world no longer dominated by states, achieving competency in transnational, interpersonal interactions is a crucial area of contemporary inquiry and writing."



American Political Science Review, June, 1993, review of Refugees from Revolution: U.S. Policy and Third-World Migration.

Pacific Affairs, winter, 2003, review of Expanding Roles of Chinese Americans in U.S.-China Relations.

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