Alynna Lyon

Faculty Fellow, Murkland Interdisciplinary Scholars Team Program
Chair, International Organization section
Phone: (603) 862-0881
Office: Political Science, Horton Social Science Center Rm 315, Durham, NH 03824
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Alynna J. Lyon is a Professor of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire. She is author of US Politics and the United Nations (Lynne Rienner, 2016), co-author of The United Nations in the 21 Century 5th ed. (Westview, 2016) with Karen Mingst and Margaret Karns, and co-editor of two books, Pope Francis as a Global Actor: Where Politics and Theology Meet (Palgrave Studies, 2018) and Religion and Politics in a Global Society (Lexington, 2013). She is former chair of the International Organization section of the International Studies Association (2016-2018), Editor-in-Chief of Global Governance and a Faculty Fellow for the Office of Senior Vice Provost, Engagement and Faculty Development. She serves as Faculty Advisor for UNH Model United Nations, a position she has held for fourteen years.


  • Ph.D., Internationl Relations&Affairs, University of South Carolina
  • M.A., Political Science, New Mexico State University at Alamogordo
  • B.A., Political Science, New Mexico State University at Alamogordo

Research Interests

  • Ethnic conflict
  • Humanitarian intervention
  • Peacekeeping
  • United Nations
  • US Foreign Policy
  • World politics

Courses Taught

  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Political Science
  • POLT 403: United States in World Affairs
  • POLT 440A: Honors/Global Justice
  • POLT 560: World Politics
  • POLT 602B: Washington Center Internship
  • POLT 696: Independent Study
  • POLT 778/878: International Organization
  • POLT 900: Pro-Seminar

Selected Publications

Kille, K. J., & Lyon, A. J. (2020). The United Nations 75 Years of Promoting Peace, Human Rights, and Development.

Lyon, A. (2019). Reversing Domestic Skepticism about International Organizations: Contending Narratives, U.S. Politics and the Creation of the United Nations. Journal of International Organization Studies, 9(1), 7-23.

Lyon, A. J., Gustafson, C. A., & Manuel, P. C. (2018). Eluding Established Categories: Toward an Understanding of Pope Francis. In Pope Francis as a Global Actor (pp. 3-22). Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-71377-9_1

Lyon, A. J. (2018). Pope Francis as a Global Policy Entrepreneur: Moral Authority and Climate Change. In Pope Francis as a Global Actor (pp. 119-141). Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-71377-9_7

Lyon, A. J., Gustafson, C., & Manuel, P. (2018). When Theology and Politics Meet: Pope Francis as a Global Actor. Palgrave.

Lyon, A. J., & Dolan, C. J. (2007). American Humanitarian Intervention: Toward a Theory of Coevolution. FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS, 3(1), 46-78. doi:10.1111/j.1743-8594.2007.00041.x

Lyon, A. (2007). Moral Motives and Policy Actions: The Case of Dag Hammarskjöld at the United Nations. Public Integrity, 9(1), 79-95. doi:10.2753/pin1099-9922090105

Jackson, A., & Lyon, A. (2002). Policing after ethnic conflict. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 25(2), 221-241. doi:10.1108/13639510210429347

Jackson, A., & Lyon, A. (2001). Policing after ethnic conflict. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 24(4), 563-585. doi:10.1108/eum0000000006501

Lyon, A. J., & Uçarer, E. M. (2001). Mobilizing ethnic conflict: Kurdish separatism in Germany and the PKK. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 24(6), 925-948. doi:10.1080/713766482

Most Cited Publications