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

NewsOctober 10, 2019
LBJ faculty talk future of public policy at 2019 NASPAA Conference

Several professors from the LBJ School of Public Affairs will lead conversations on innovations in public policy and emerging challenges involved in training students to build sustainable and inclusive democracies at the 2019 Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Annual Conference. The conference, "Reconstructing Governance for the Next 50 Years," will take place in Los Angeles Oct. 16-19, 2019.

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NewsSeptember 4, 2019
Application deadline for early funding is Dec. 15 — learn more

The application deadline for early funding for the 2020–21 academic year at the LBJ School of Public Affairs is Dec. 15. Here's an overview of the LBJ School's programs and application requirements.

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NewsAugust 20, 2019
How they spent their summer vacation: making a difference

The mission of the LBJ School is to train both "thinkers and doers," and a hallmark of the LBJ experience is a curriculum that combines academic work with practical experience in the policy world. Every summer, LBJ School students head out into the policy arena to learn more about the kinds of careers they can pursue after graduation — and to gain the experience they'll need to begin. A few of them sent us some details about what they did this year, and what they learned in the process.

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