Weaver, Catherine | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • 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 Weaver is an associate professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003. From 2001 to 2002, she was a research fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and from 2002 to 2008 an assistant professor of political science at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on the culture, behavior and reform of international financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, as well as issues of transparency and accountability in international development aid. Currently, she is working on developing and testing methodologies to track and dynamically geomap international development aid and climate adaptation resources using GIS technology and fieldwork in Africa and Asia. Dr. Weaver also writes on the shifting power, players and paradigms in global economic governance, including the rise of China. She is currently co-director (with Dr. Mike Findley) of Innovations for Peace and Development at UT. They are co-principal investigators on the UT sub award for a multiyear, $25 million collaborative partnership grant (with AidDataDevelopment Gateway and ESRI), funded by the United States Agency for International Development's Higher Education Solutions Network. Dr. Weaver is also a Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, where she is a core researcher in the Strauss Center’s programs on Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) and Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA), both multiyear research projects funded by the U.S. Department of Defense Minerva Initiative.

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


NewsMay 5, 2017
Policy Research Institute Provides LBJ School Faculty Opportunities for Worldwide Research

Policy Research Institute funding will grant 12 LBJ School faculty members the opportunity to pursue important research projects on complex, relevant policy issues.

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Media MentionMarch 8, 2017
A Pro-Women Opportunity for U.S. Policymakers

Master of Global Policy students Mary Vo, Lina Nabulsi and Cassie Gianni penned an op-ed advocating for congressional funding of the new Global Food Security Act. A fully funded GFSA would support programs to “enhance the nutritional health and agricultural livelihood activities of poor women in less developed countries.” 

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NewsJanuary 19, 2017
INNOVATION BOUND: The Annual Celebration of LBJ School Policy Research

In an annual celebration, the LBJ School community will convene on February 8, 2017, to celebrate the published works of our distinguished faculty and impassioned students.

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