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 (Kate) Weaver is associate dean for academic strategies and associate professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She is a distinguished scholar and founder of the Next Generation Scholars Program at the Strauss Center for International Security & Law. She serves on the UT Faculty Council, and previously served as Chair of Graduate Assembly, member of the Faculty Council Executive Committee, Chair of the President's Award for Global Learning Steering Committee, and as a member of the Truman Fellowship Committee. She previously served as LBJ's associate dean for students and graduate advisor for the Ph.D. and MGPS programs.

Dr. Weaver researches transparency in international development aid, reforming global economic governance, and the politics of data. She has developed methods to track and dynamically geomap aid and climate adaptation, and is completing two book projects: Transparency Traps: Global Development and the Politics of Open Data and Global Governance and Representation in the 21st Century. She also leads the Global Indices Network (GIN) project.

Dr. Weaver co-directs (with Drs. Mike Findley, Daniel Nielson, and Rachel Wellhausen) Innovations for Peace and Development, an interdisciplinary research lab devoted to alleviating global poverty and peacebuilding. She works closely with the Eleanor Crook Foundation, and serves on the board of directors of Bread for the World and the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty.

Dr. Weaver is author of the award-winning Hypocrisy Trap: The World Bank and the Poverty of Reform (Princeton University Press), and numerous articles and book chapters in outlets such as International Organization, Review of International Political Economy, Review of International Organizations, Ethics and International Affairs, Global Governance, Cambridge University Press, and Oxford University Press. She is co-editor of Handbook of Global Economic Governance (with Manuela Moschella, Routledge) and International Political Economy and the Transatlantic Divide (with Nicola Phillips, Routledge).

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


FeatureApril 25, 2022
Nina Nomura Nibling (MGPS '22) finds community, confidence and a passion for development

Nina Nomura Nibling was teaching English in Japan when she started thinking about going to graduate school. She'd earned her undergraduate degree in education and followed parental advice about taking a career path with a stable income. But after a couple of years that stability just didn’t feel fulfilling.

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March 3, 2021
Virtual Admissions Webinars

The LBJ School begins accepting applications each September, with the priority funding deadline Dec. 1. Read on for helpful recorded webinars, student videos and more, to help you put your best foot forward in the application process.

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FeatureDecember 8, 2020
The New Debt Trap: COVID-19 and Global Development
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