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Catherine Weaver

Associate Dean for Students and Associate Professor of Public Affairs |

LBJ School of Public Affairs


Dr. Catherine (Kate) Weaver is Associate Dean for Students and Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. She co-directs Innovations for Peace and Development, an interdisciplinary research lab devoted to policy-relevant, data-driven research on issues of poverty alleviation, conflict prevention, peacekeeping and sustainable development.  She is the founder of the Strauss Center’s undergraduate Next Generation Scholars Program and a key investigator in the Center’s prior work on Climate Change and African Political Stability and Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia.

Weaver is the author of the multiple award-winning Hypocrisy Trap: The World Bank and the Poverty of Reform (Princeton University Press, 2008), in addition to two other edited books and numerous journal articles and book chapters (including two Oxford Handbooks). She is currently finishing her second solo-authored book, Transparency Traps: Global Development and the Politics of Aid Data, which draws from over 500 primary interviews, evaluation work and participant observation in 14 countries. She is also working on two other projects on the power and pathologies of global indicators and bureaucratic representation in global governance. Before joining UT, Dr. Weaver earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. She has served as an editor at Review of International Political Economy and on several other book series and journal editorial boards. She has been awarded more than $9 million in direct research funding from agencies including the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Institute for Peace. Weaver is a member of the Board of Directors of Bread for the World.

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