Weaver, Catherine | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Education
  • Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003
Research Areas
  • International Development
  • Global Economic Governance
  • Evaluation Methods
Teaching Areas
  • Policy Process and Institutions
  • Development Policy
  • Research and Empirical Methods

Catherine (Kate) Weaver is associate dean for students and associate professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She is a distinguished scholar at the Strauss Center for International Security & Law, where she is the founding director of Next Generation Scholars Program. She also chairs the university’s Graduate Assembly Academic Committee, the President’s Award for Global Learning steering committee, and the Truman Scholarship committee.

Weaver’s research focuses on transparency in international development aid, reforming global economic governance, and the politics of data in the world economy. She has developed methods to track and dynamically geomap aid and climate adaptation, and writes about the shifting power, players and paradigms in governing the global economy. Her latest project, the Global Indices Network (GIN), examines the interdependent power and pathologies of global indices.

Weaver also co-directs (with Drs. Mike Findley and Rachel Wellhausen) Innovations for Peace and Development, an interdisciplinary research lab devoted to alleviating global poverty and peacebuilding. IPD works with the World Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development, Development Gateway, the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, and the United States Institute for Peace. She also works closely with the Eleanor Crook Foundation, and serves on the Board of Directors of Bread for the World.

Weaver is author of the multiple award-winning “Hypocrisy Trap: The World Bank and the Poverty of Reform” (Princeton University Press), and numerous articles and book chapters in International Organization, Review of International Political Economy, Review of International Organizations, Cambridge University Press, and Oxford University Press, among others. She is also co-editor of “Handbook of Global Economic Governance” (with Manuela Moschella, 2014) and “International Political Economy and the Transatlantic Divide” (with Nicola Phillips, 2010).

Media Expertise
  • Global Governance
  • International Development
  • International Monetary Fund
  • World Bank
  • Economics
  • Globalization and International Affairs
  • International Relations

Newsworthy

NewsMarch 14, 2019
Application deadline: March 15 — find out what the LBJ School is like, how to apply, how to pay for it and more

The March 15 application deadline for the 2019-20 academic year at the LBJ School of Public Affairs is fast approaching. There is time to gather the materials to apply — here's an overview of the LBJ School's programs and application requirements.

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Media MentionFebruary 20, 2019
How (and how not) to reform the World Bank

President Trump wants one of his top China trade enjoys, David Malpass, to lead the World Bank. Malpass is a veteran of Ronald Reagan’s Treasury Department and George H. W. Bush’s State Department, but it’s his more recent criticisms of the World Bank’s size and of multilateralism in general that are turning heads. 

With America already pulling back from the United Nations, NATO and other multilateral institutions, is the World Bank next? How could Malpass shake up international finance?

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NewsSeptember 18, 2018
Admiral William McRaven, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R–TX) on global food insecurity at the LBJ School

Admiral William McRaven, former UT System chancellor and new LBJ School professor, joined U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R–Texas) at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin for a conversation on food insecurity as a destabilizing factor in countries important to U.S. national security. Chris Tomlinson of the Houston Chronicle moderated the event, which took place on Sept. 17 in Bass Lecture Hall.

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